ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Shock and anger continue to simmer over why the gunman in the Germantown murder-suicide wasn't behind bars despite a lengthy criminal past.
Johnnie Perkins had an extensive criminal history dating back to 1992, with offenses that include assault, drug distribution, gun possession and numerous traffic violations, including driving under the influence of alcohol.
More than half his life has been spent in and out of jail, but never for felonies considered “violent.”
"Over the past six years, this guy [Perkins] has been involved with eight criminal charges with five suburban counties: Montgomery, PG, Frederick, Howard and Anne Arundel. And three of those six years he was in jail," Steven Van Grack, a criminal defense attorney said.