Published DateBELMONT — The state yesterday charged Shawn Carter, 31, with second-degree murder for allegedly causing the deaths of his mother and his older brother in their 20 Sunset Drive home this past May.
Priscilla Carter, 59 and her son Timothy Carter, 39, were found by Belmont Police "chopped" to death in the home the three shared by police on May 24 at 11 a.m.
A press release issued jointly by Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin, State Police Colonel Robert Quinn and Belmont Police Chief Mark Lewandoski said the murders occurred on either May 23 or May 24.
Police had gone to the home for a well-being check after one of Priscilla Carter's co-workers reported she hadn't come to work that morning.
For reasons unknown until late yesterday afternoon, a "be on the lookout" for (BOLO) alert had been issued for Shawn Carter and the red car he was believed to have been driving on the day the bodies were discovered. The alert said he could possibly be armed.
Carter was arrested by Tilton and N.H. State Police on Route 3 near Pirates Cove mini-golf course three hours later and has been in the Belknap County House of Corrections since then on charges of operating after suspension and breach of bail. He had been being held on $200 cash-only and $2,000 personal recognizance bail.
Carter is schedule to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division at 9 a.m. this morning. It is likely he will appear by video.
As of yesterday afternoon, Carter is still scheduled to stand trial Friday morning in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division for the operating after suspension and the breach of bail charges.
To date, Carter has made two court appearances regarding the operating after suspension and the breach of bail charges — the first by video in Laconia on May 28 when Judge Jim Carroll ordered him held on $200 cash and once in person on June 11 when his public defender asked for the charge of operating after suspension to be dismissed or, in the alternative, the state police provide a reason for the BOLO which led to his detainment.
Carter also faces one count of sales of a controlled drug stemming from a N.H. Drug Task Force undercover drug operation from 2011. When N.H. State Police Prosecutor Ryan MacFarland argued for cash bail, the Judge Edward "Ned" Gordon ordered he be held on $10,000 personal recognizance bail and not cash bail, ruling the alleged drug sale was more than a year old and if it took the state over a year to charge him then his alleged drug activity couldn't be that much of an immediate danger to the community.
The N.H. State Police had been prosecuting the The Office of the N.H. Attorney General is prosecuting the homicide. The drug charge will likely go to the Belknap County Attorney who will decide whether or not to seek a grand jury indictment.
Public Defenders Jesse Friedman and Eric Wolpin are defending Carter on the operating after suspension and breach of bail charge. At press time it is not known if they will defend him on the murder charge.