Matthew Perkins of Tullahoma plead guilty of killing a mother and her two children. Monday morning (July 30, 2012) Perkins plead guilty of the murders of Stephanie Hershman, Jathan Hershman, and Jaylon Hershman. According to assistant district attorney Ken Shelton, the autopsies showed the victims died of multiple blunt force trauma and knife wounds. In September 2010 the victims’ bodies were found in a bedroom closet of their Skinner Flatt Road home in Manchester.
Perkins entered a plea of guilty on three counts of murder. He is sentenced to three counts of life without parole. He will serve the rest of his life in Tennessee state prison. Matthew Perkins plead guilty on his 32nd birthday.