Itawamba double murder suspect jailed

By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times

FULTON – An Itawamba County man accused of double capital murder is being held without bond.
Jake Carpenter of Fulton pleaded not guilty before Judge Paul Funderburk on Friday to two charges of capital murder and a charge of robbery during his official hearing in Itawamba County.
Now, he waits in the Itawamba County Jail for his trial, although no date was set.
Carpenter is charged with the March 24 stabbing deaths of Mildred Joy House, 79, and her husband, Fred Doyle House, 77, both of 509 Spencer Road, Fulton. Carpenter is the son of their neighbor.
He is accused of breaking into the home with the intention of robbery. The couple arrived home during the break-in and an fight reportedly led to their being stabbed repeatedly.
Their car allegedly was taken to Russellville, Ala.
Carpenter was taken into custody by the Russellville Police Department and then transferred to the Itawamba County Jail.
He was charged originally with murder and grand larceny. A capital murder charge, which includes a second felony allegation, allows for the possibility of the death penalty.

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