Deputies Say Man Tried To Kill Two People In Pitt County House Fire

A man is facing two counts of attempted murder after deputies say he set fire to a neighbor's house Tuesday.

William Sheppard is being held on a half-million dollar bond in the Pitt County jail.

Deputies says two people were sleeping in the home at 1670 Belvoir Highway when it was set on fire. Damage was done to an outside door and a kitchen window, while the two people inside were not injured.

Sheppard is charged with two counts of attempted murder, first degree burglary, first degree arson, and attempted first degree arson.

Deputies say the 61-year-old man, who lives less than a quarter of a mile away, has previous convictions for larceny, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of stolen goods, and forgery.