Man accused of murdering Fla. firefighter won’t get bail; widow visits Maine to attend court hearing

Supporters of Daniel Porter, who is accused of murdering Florida firefighter Jerry Perdomo, gather outside the Belfast courthouse on Thursday.
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Supporters of Daniel Porter, who is accused of murdering Florida firefighter Jerry Perdomo, gather outside the Belfast courthouse on Thursday.
By Arelis R. Hernández, Orlando Sentinel
Posted March 08, 2012, at 2:27 p.m.

UPDATE 3 p.m.: Daniel Porter was not granted bail at Thursday afternoon’s court hearing. Check back for a full story.

BEFLAST, Maine — The accused killer of  Florida firefighter Jerry Perdomo will appear in court in Belfast this afternoon for a bail hearing.

Daniel Porter, 24, is accused of killing Perdomo, 31, of Orange City, Fla., whose body was later found in the woods with a gunshot wound to the head.

Porter’s family and friends showed in full force, occupying at least four rows of the Waldo County Superior Court gallery behind him.

Perdomo’s wife, Tonya Lynn Perdomo was also in court this afternoon, according to web reports.

Last week in court, Porter’s attorney claimed his client acted in self-defense.

His attorney, Jeffrey Silverstein, said detectives could release more information about the case in today’s hearing. He said that the facts have yet to be made public.

In documents released last week, Maine state police learned Perdomo traveled to the state frequently and at least one person said both men were engaged in “drug activity.”

Perdomo’s body was found on rural property owned by one of Porter’s relatives.

He fled the state after video surveillance showed Porter driving Perdomo’s rental car and discarding the man’s personal belongings in a trash dump.

Perdomo’s family told the Seminole County fire department that funeral services will be limited to close friends and family, according to spokeswoman Paula Thompson.

The department does not have plans for a separate ceremony, she said.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of the Jerry Perdomo’s widow. Her name is Tonya, not Tanya.

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