Ricardo Perez, 37, guilty in 2021 death of Gail Wilson in Lakewood

A Jefferson County jury on Thursday found a defendant guilty of first-degree murder in the death of an 81-year-old Lakewood man whose body was never found.

Ricardo Perez, 37, was also found guilty of tampering with a body, attempt to influence a public servant and tampering with physical evidence in connection to the death of Gail Wilson, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

On Nov. 1, 2021, Wilson was reported missing by family members. At the time of his disappearance, he lived with an adopted daughter, Savannah Wilson, 26; her boyfriend, Perez; and a housemate, 22-year-old Jay Griffith.

Perez, Griffith and Savanah Wilson were co-defendants in the case.

Lakewood police investigators determined that Wilson was killed on Oct. 31, 2021, and his body was disposed of in dumpsters across the metro area, the DA’s office said. The body was never found.

On May 27, 2022, Griffith pleaded guilty to accessory to a crime and concealing a death. Savannah Wilson pleaded guilty to the same charges on Nov. 3.  Both are scheduled to be sentenced on July 20.

Perez faces life in prison and he’ll be formally sentenced on Friday.

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