Man charged with murder of Fayetteville woman

Shanard D. Rease. Photo/Fayette County Jail.
Shanard D. Rease. Photo/Fayette County Jail.


Shanard Rease. Photo/Fayette County Jail.

Update – May 29, 11:50 a.m.: Affidavits relating to the charges against Shanard D. Rease in connection with the murder of 63-year-old Fayetteville resident Mimi Perry said Rease “did cause her death by strangulation and causing a fracture of her hyoid bone (in the midline of the neck) and blunt force trauma to the head.”

Affidavits also noted that the homicide occurred in the rear yard of 26 Bay Branch Boulevard off Ga. Highway 54 East in Fayetteville. Rease resides at 24 Bay Branch Boulevard, according to affidavits.

Rease had a first appearance hearing on May 28 and was denied bond.

Perry resided at 26 Bay Branch Boulevard.

Perry’s family on May 30 provided the following statement:

“Mimi Perry passed away Friday May 24 in Fayetteville, Georgia.  She was a selfless person that had monumental impact on so many and brightened everything around her. As a family, we are devastated that she was taken from us in a senseless act. We want to thank the Fayetteville Police Department for working tirelessly to find our family justice for one of the best individuals anyone could hope to know. We will be holding a celebration of life on her behalf in both Georgia and Utah with details soon to come. Thank you to all that have reached out to us.”

Rease served five years for aggravated assault in a Putnam County case and was paroled in 2018 and place on unsupervised probation, according to Fayetteville Police Department spokesperson Ann Marie Burdett.

Original story – May 27: Fayetteville police announced Monday afternoon that 39-year-old Fayetteville resident Shanard Rease was charged with aggravated assault and murder in the death of a 63-year-old Fayetteville resident Mimi Perry.

Police on May 24 were dispatched to a call of a possible deceased person in the area of Bay Branch Boulevard in East Fayetteville along the Ga. Highway 54 corridor, a police press release said.

Detectives with the Fayetteville Police and the Fayette County District Attorney’s Office worked throughout the weekend to track leads in the case, police said.

Arrest warrants were obtained and Rease was taken into custody around 1 a.m. Monday, the press release said.

Rease was booked into the Fayette County Jail and is being held without bond.

“Our detectives worked hard all weekend on this case, and we are grateful to the DA’s office for their assistance,” said Fayetteville Police Chief Scott Gray. “It is always sad to have something like this happen, and it brings some comfort to the community to know that the suspect in the case is off the street.”

Should the public have any further information about this incident, they are asked to contact Sergeant Shawn Albea at 770-719-4218.


  1. So Horrible And Sad.. She was a very sweet and kind person. No words can express the sadness in my heart for her Family or the anger towards him for his actions. I hope justice will be swift so he can never harm anyone one again!