Published DateFRANKLIN — Homicide complaints filed in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division yesterday morning shine little light on the chopping deaths of a Belmont woman and her adult son other than saying they both died of multiple wounds to the head and body from an unidentified weapon.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin said police have recovered the weapon they believe Shawn Carter, 31, formerly of 20 Sunset Drive in Belmont, used in the homicides of his mother, Priscilla Carter, 59, and brother, Timothy Carter, 39, committed on either May 23 or 24.
Carter, 31, showed no emotion as he faced the video camera from jai in Laconial yesterday afternoon while Public Defender Jesse Friedman entered no pleas on his behalf to four separate counts of second-degree homicide — two each for his mother and two each for his brother.
Strelzin filed two theories, without details, for each death — one set, he said, charges Carter knowingly caused the death of his mother and brother and one set charges he recklessly caused their deaths. There is no bail at this time.
For the third time since Carter was arrested by police on Route 3 in Tilton three hours after Belmont Police discovered the bodies at 11 a.m. on May 24, Friedman argued neither his client nor himself has any information about the reason Carter was stopped in Tilton or why, six weeks later, he is charged with two murders. Until Tuesday, Carter was charged with operating a car after his license has been suspended and breach of bail.
Friedman made a verbal motion to compel the state to provide the affidavits supporting his initial stop that led to him being charged with operating after suspension nor the reason he is charged with two murders.
He said his client has "foundered" in the Belknap County House of Corrections "for well over a month" not knowing the details of the charges he faces.
Strelzin replied Carter hasn't "foundered" and he "killed" the only two people likely to post bail for him. He said the state hasn't kept Carter in jail but his inability to raise $200 has.
He also argued he now has 10 days to respond to Friedman's verbal motion made yesterday to provide the reason Carter is in jail. Despite Friedman's argument that he filed the same motion for the same information regarding the "be on the lookout" for (BOLO) alert, Judge Edward "Ned" Gordon gave Strelzin the 10 days to file a written response.
Strelzin said the homicides are different charges than the alleged operating after suspension and the bail violation and he is only prosecuting the murders. The N.H. State Police are prosecuting the other charges.
Gordon also agreed with Strelzin's argument that the probable cause hearing would be held the week of July 22 because Strelzin said the N.H. State Trooper who filled out the affidavits nobody except the state has seen is on vacation.
Typically, a probable cause hearing — where the state is required to present a prima facia case as to why an arrest was made — is held within 10 days of the day of the first court appearance for a specific charge.