Brothers charged with murder of Perdue

Posted September 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Phillip M. Roberts, 33, and Thomas A. Roberts, 38, both of south Monticello, surrendered themselves to authorities at 6:15 Friday afternoon, September 21, after murder warrants were issued on them that morning.

The brothers were wanted in connection to the death of James F. Perdue, 73, of Albany and are now in custody.

Police first responded to a residence on Perdue Road, near the Clinton/Wayne County line on Thursday, September 20.

According to a Kentucky State Police press release, Perdue was found dead at his residence by a friend at approximately 4:30 p.m.

KSP Detective Russell Decker is investigating the alledged murder and the investigation is ongoing.

Authorities issues warrants on the two suspects, and more than 24 hours passed before they were arrested, during which time the Kentucky State Police issued press releases, descriptions of the suspects and a description of the vehicle they were believed to be driving. That vehicle was described as a 2000 black Chevy pickup truck.

Included in the descriptions of the suspects was a warning that the men were believed to be armed and should be considered dangerous and should not be approached.

In an updated press release issued on Monday morning, it was noted that the two suspects had turned themselves in to Clinton County Sheriff Rick Riddle Friday evening. An earlier press releasee had noted that the time of the arrest had been about 6:15 p.m. central time.

According to a KSP press release, details of the investigation are not being released at this time, but the cause of death according to the preliminary autopsy results from the State Medical Examiner’s office indicate that Perdue died as a result of blunt force injuries to the head, neck and chest area and multiple stab wounds.


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