A Sacramento Superior Court jury Monday acquitted Stacy Ann Perryman of murder and all other homicide charges in the May 19, 2012, stabbing death of Stephen Sieck in his Selby Ranch apartment.
Jurors also acquitted Perryman, 45, of burglary and robbery charges in the looting of the 60-year-old victim's apartment. The panel did convict her, however, of arson charges in a the burning of Sieck's body the day after his apartment had been ransacked.
Perryman's co-defendant, Bryan David Denton, 51, is awaiting trial in the case. His next court date is scheduled for Friday. Denton admitted to a cellmate after his arrest that he stabbed Sieck.
The two defendants were being tried together, but Judge Russell L. Hom declared a mistrial in Denton's case over Deputy District Attorney Eric Kindall's late disclosure of a the cellmate's statement to a sheriff's homicide investigator. The prosecutor did not give defense lawyers the witness' account until they had already made their opening presentations to the jury.
The witness had been a short-time cellmate with Denton in the downtown jail. The witness told detectives that Denton told him he killed Sieck in an outburst when the two defendants went to the victim's apartment the day of the killing. Denton got angry, the witness said, over allegations that Sieck had allegedly "pimped out" Perryman for payment on a debt she owed him.
The jury foreman, who declined to give his name, said in an interview the panel did not find Perryman guilty of a felony murder -- a killing committed during the course of a serious felony such as a burglary or robbery -- because there was a lack of evidence that Denton and Perryman went to Sieck's apartment the day of the killing with the intent to steal the victim's belongings.