On Friday, a preliminary hearing was held on Friday, July 16 for 19-year-old Thomas Perry III at the Vaiden Courthouse. His attorney’s request for bond reduction was denied.

CARROLL COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – A 19-year-old has been charged with first degree murder in connection to the death of his six-year-old brother.

Orlando “King” Pittman (Courtesy: Carroll Co. Sheriff’s Office)

On Saturday, July 9, Carroll County deputies responded to Vaiden Rentals Apartments on Court Street for a fire.

Investigators said Orlando “King” Pittman, 6, and his brother, 19-year-old Thomas Perry III, were inside the apartment, but they were not located. Authorities determined the fire had been intentionally set.

Deputies said Perry was seen walking east on Vaiden Kilmichael Road around 7:00 p.m. when a firefighter and a deputy were responded to the apartment fire.

During a search of the apartment, crews found Pittman’s body in a closet. Authorities said he had been killed before the fire started.

A preliminary investigation showed his manner of death to be homicide caused by multiple stab wounds.

On Sunday morning, deputies located Perry in Vaiden and took him into custody for questioning. He was later charged with first degree murder, arson, and felony animal cruelty.

Perry appeared in court on Tuesday, July 12. His bond was set at $1.2 million.

At the time of the homicide, deputies said Perry was out on bond for a June 2022 misdemeanor charge
of domestic violence – simple assault. The judge revoked that bond at the hearing.

Perry is being held at the Carroll Montgomery Regional Correctional Facility.