RENO, NV - Most people in Washoe County recall the James Beila case.
The man was ultimately sentenced to death in 2010 for murdering Brianna Dennison.
But few could probably name the judge presiding over the case.
That man was Judge Robert Perry.
His colleague and friend Janet Berry agrees it was probably the most high profile case of his career
“A death penalty case is different than any other type of case when it comes to how a judge has to manage it. And he did a superb job,” says friend and colleague Judge Janet Berry.
Berry was a former law partner with Perry for 10 years.
In her office hangs a picture of Berry with Perry with him right after she was appointed to municipal court in 1992.
She would be appointed to a vacancy in the district court in 1996.
Perry would follow with a governor appointment in 2006.
“We would talk almost every day and in the evening we would call one another and say what would you do with this or how would you handle that,” says Judge Berry.
He would preside over a nationally recognized high profile civil case where three northern Nevada women sued Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and its hormone replacement therapy drug-- claiming the medication gave them breast cancer.
“He loved the intellectual challenge of that case,” says Judge Berry.
“I was immediately attracted to his wonderful mind,” says Patty Wade.
Perry’s ex-wife, Wade was there Tuesday with his family and Judge Berry during Perry's final hours.
“This wonderful person blessed an awful lot of people throughout his lifetime and his heart was always in the right place,” says Wade
“I am going to miss everything. Its, it's a really huge loss," says Judge Berry
Judge Perry leaves behind two children, 17 year old Camille, and 21-year old Sam.
Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval will name his replacement sometime early next year from a list of men and women who would like to be considered for the post.
A public memorial for Judge Perry is planned for sometime after the first of the year.