First court date for suspect in 3 slayings

The Petal man charged with a 1998 Hattiesburg murder who is also a suspect in the recent double homicide in Perry County made an initial appearance in court today.

Bond for Randall Pittman, 42, was set at $1 million for the 1998 beating death of Robert Moody.

Moody, 61, was found dead inside his Collins Street home. Authorities say evidence also links Pittman to the recent Perry County murders of an elderly woman and her disabled son.

The bodies of 91-year-old S.I. Cochran and her 67-year-old son Charles were found in their home in the Janice community last week.  Authorities say Pittman is a prime suspect.

Pittman tells News 7 he's innocent, but says he knew the victims.
Authorities believe DNA evidence from the Perry County crime scene will link Pittman to the Cochran murders.