NORTH CARROLLTON -- The murder of a young man and a house fire, occurring within hours of each other Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, appear to be connected, Carroll County Sheriff Clint Walker said.
Walker said Carroll County deputies responded to a shooting on Van Meter Street in North Carrollton around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night. When they arrived at the scene, Juanvarous Hill, 20, of North Carrollton was found shot to death in the middle of the street.
Walker said multiple people witnessed the shooting and alleged to deputies that Tredarius Tremondre “T.T.” Burt, 18, of North Carrollton was the suspected shooter.
“There were multiple witnesses,” Walker said. “Witnesses said [Hill and Burt] were in a verbal altercation in the middle of the street when Hill was shot multiple times. Witnesses gave deputies the name of the suspect.”
Deputies located Burt at his mother’s home, located at 512 Marshall Street in North Carrollton, around 6:45 p.m., and Burt was taken into police custody. Walker said Burt was taken to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department where he was interviewed by the deputies and agents from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, who is assisting in the investigation.
Burt was taken to Carroll Montgomery Regional Correctional Facility later where he was charged with first degree murder.
Walker said the house, 512 Marshall Street, at which Burt was arrested burned just hours after the shooting. Walker said firefighters at Carrollton North Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire call, but the home was a complete loss, “down to the slab,” Walker said.
“The house we arrested [Burt] at was burned at 3:30 a.m.,” Walker said. “We suspect arson. Thank God no one was at home when it was burned.”
Walker said those living in the house had left the home earlier in the night after they received threats against their family.
“Retaliation is not going to be tolerated,” Walker said.
Burt, who also is facing a burglary indictment in Montgomery County, went before Carroll County Justice Court Judge John Avant Wednesday afternoon for a preliminary hearing. Avant denied bond.
Walker said the murder investigation was ongoing.
If someone has any information about the murder or arson case, please contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department at 662-237-9238.