I am aware of this case, as it happened about 60 miles from me. A real estate sales woman, Beverly Carter, “disappeared” after showing a house for sale. Eventually, she was found dead, smothered with duct tape, and a couple were arrested for her murder, evidence was found in their car (later excluded by the judge) and both the killers confessed, then….the man recanted and the trial opened this week in Little Rock Arkansas. NOW his defense is that Beverly Carter was paying him for sex and she died by accident when the sex went wrong.
I heard the defense attorney on last night’s news accuse the woman of everything in the book.
It used to be that women were afraid to report rape because trashing the victim was the order of the day and she would be questioned about how many lovers/partners she had, was she drinking, and slut shame the woman. FINALLY a few years ago that was outlawed in rape cases, but apparently it is okay to blame the victim when she is murdered. After hearing the opening statements of the defense lawyer I was “shell shocked” by the things he accused her of.
With the wife of the man now on trial confessing and agreeing to testify against him about the crime, and how they planned to rob her, and how angry he got when she didn’t have anything of value or any money, that they killed her. The Arkansas Times report says
A standing-room only crowd was on hand for opening statements today in the murder trial of Arron Lewis, accused of the September 2014 abduction and murder of real estate agent Beverly Carter.
The prosecution described a gruesome slaying in which Carter was asphyxiated by having her head wrapped with duct tape and thrown in the trunk of a car, after meeting Lewis and his wife, Crystal Lowery, about a house for sale at Scott. Prosecutors said they would use Lewis’ own statements, including in an interview with a reporter, as well as texts, recordings and his wife’s testimony.
The defense launched multi-faceted alternative scenarios, including that Carter’s death was a “hookup” gone bad — that her death was accidental during a sex act with Lowery. Defense lawyer Bill James indicated he’ll throw suspicion on Lowery, who plea-bargained in the case and received a 30-year sentence.
The first prosecution witnesses include her son, who outlined what appeared to be a ransom attempt (though Carter had little money in her bank account), and a sheriff’s deputy. Then came a co-worker. Defense cross-examination aimed at attaching ill motives to Carter’s actions the day she died has drawn angry response from Carter’s friends in courtroom. The prosecution has accused the defense of character assassination. The defense has repeatedly focused on cosmetic surgery Carter underwent and the suggestion that she’d sought an extramarital affair, something her friend testified she believed untrue.
The defense has not yet knotted together its theory on why — if indeed marital and financial problems led a woman to a poor decision on someone to meet — it excuses her killing. Beyond blaming it on Lewis’ wife.
I guess I shouldn’t be shocked that an attorney would stand up and bald faced trash the murder victim….but I really was surprised that would be the case here. I doubt that the jury will buy the “defense” though. Arkansas still has the death penalty and in this case I am conflicted. I’m actually against the death penalty because of the many people on death row for years who have been released due to DNA proving them actually innocent, but in this case I’m not sure if him sitting on death row for 10 or 15 years and then being executed wouldn’t be real justice. Yea, I know, everyone is “innocent until proven guilty”—