Suspect Arrested in Perry County Murders

A 42-year-old Petal man has been arrested and charged with the 1998 beating death of a Hattiesburg man, and authorities say he is also a prime suspect in the recent double murders of a Perry County woman and her son.

Randall Red Pittman is in the Forrest County Jail, charged with the 1998 beating death of 61-year-old Robert Moody.  Moody was found dead inside his Collins Street home.  Sources tell News Seven that during the investigation of this week's murders of 91-year-old S.I. Cochran and 67-year-old Charles Cochran of the Janice Community, Pittman became a prime suspect in that case.

Sources say a truck fitting the description of one owned by Pittman had been seen in the area, and that Pittman and Charles Cochran were friends.  We are also told there are similarities in the crime scenes at both murders.  Pittman was also a key suspect in the Moody case eight years ago, but was never arrested.  Authorities are hoping that forensic evidence will link Pittman to these most recent murders.