Murder suspects formally charged with capital murder

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Eddie Pugh, Torenda Whitmore, and Barron Borden made the first of what could be many walks into the Jackson County Courthouse Monday, where they were formally charged with capital murder.

They have been in the Jackson County Adult Detention Center since they were arrested near Latimer last week, for a gruesome murder and attempted kidnapping that supposedly started in New Orleans.

South Mississippi hasn't known much about the suspects until now. In court Monday, they were asked to describe their backgrounds. Two of the three are not strangers to criminal activity.

Pugh and Borden have both been convicted of several serious offenses.  Pugh, a landscaper, has been convicted of carjacking, second degree robbery, and violation of parole.

Borden, who owns a construction business and a promotions business, has a long list of past convictions. They include carjacking, felony with a firearm, armed robbery, possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, and two other counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Both have completely served out the sentences for their past offenses.

Whitmore, who mows lawns and cuts hair professionally, has never been convicted of a crime.

The three suspects are being held without bond.  They will also appear in federal court soon and are expected to face more charges in connection with the case.

Their preliminary hearings are set for November 10th. If a bond is issued before that date, they will appear before a grand jury at a later date.