10/05/2016 Homicide Suspect Charged in Death of Elderly Woman

Perry James Ford Jr.
Perry James Ford Jr.

A Pensacola man who murdered an elderly woman with a stolen gun last month has been arrested. 

Perry James Ford Jr., 19, was arrested Tuesday night. He was charged with an open count of murder and armed robbery.

Ford was charged with the murder of Carolyn Barnes, 75, whose body was found September 10 in her home in the 5300 block of Flintwood Circle. A friend of the victim found her body when she went to check on her after she didn’t answer her phone.

Detective Christopher Forehand said the autopsy determined Barnes had been shot once in the back of her head. The gun had been stolen in a vehicle burglary that occurred August 9. 

Forehand said Barnes had hired Ford on several occasions to do odd jobs for her at her home. The investigation determined she is believed to have opened her door when he showed up at her house around 12:52 a.m. on September 9 and allowed him inside.