Man sentenced in stabbing death from 2010

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 17, 2012

By Shavonne Potts
SALISBURY — A Salisbury man will spend at least 13 years in prison for the May 2010 stabbing death of Timothy Alan Perkins.
Aaron Anderson Wilks, 55, was sentenced today in Rowan Superior Court after accepting an Alford plea for his role in Perkins’ death. He spent nearly two years in the Rowan County jail awaiting a trial.
Perkins, 49, was stabbed to death 14 times according to the medical examiner’s report. Some of the wounds were superficial, but some were significant, said Rowan District Attorney Brandy Cook.
Wilks pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, possession of cocaine — a 2009 charge — and being a habitual felon.
The incident occurred at 216 Craige St., Salisbury, where Wilks and his girlfriend, Tina Morton, rented a room at a boarding house.
The two had an argument, and Morton asked Wilks to leave. She then asked Timothy Perkins to come over. Perkins went to the home and stayed the night.
When Wilks returned, he claimed he was attacked by Perkins and defended himself, his attorney James Randoph said.
When the two fought, Morton jumped out a window and received minor injuries.
According to statements in court, Morton had an on-and-off relationship with Perkins.
Perkins later died at Rowan Regional Medical Center.
Wilks will spend a minimum of 13 years to a maximum of 17 years in prison.
The sentences were consolidated.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.