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Court documents shed light on case against Belmont man accused of killing his mother & brother

BELMONT — Police affidavits supporting the search and arrest warrants for the former home, personal property, and person of accused double murderer Shawn Carter indicate that during his initial interview with police he told them he was someone else.

During Carter's initial interview with two N.H. State Troopers held at the Belmont Police Department, Carter initially waived his Miranda rights and told police he was Alex Morley but he didn't know the date of his birth.

Carter told police he was also known as Shawn Carter and gave them a birth date of November 3, 1981.

When asked, affidavits said he told police that he had last visited his mother on Thursday, May 23, 2013 and she had let him borrow her car that evening.

Priscilla Carter, 59, and her son Timothy Carter, 39, were found chopped to death around 11 a.m. on May 24 in a first-floor bedroom at the 20 Sunset Drive home the three shared. The Asst. N.H. Medical Examiner estimated their times of death at between 10 p.m. and midnight on May 23.

The coroner determined each died of multiple chopping wounds consistent with those that could have been delivered with an ex or a hatchet. Priscilla Carter also had a single stab wound that was consistent with a knife.

Carter was spotted on May 24 driving his mother's car on Route 3 by Tilton Police who, along with Belmont and State Police arrested him. He was initially charged with driving without a license — second offense.

Taken to the Belmont Police Station, Carter asked them why he was there and they told him his mother and brother had been killed.

"Carter did not respond when told that information," read the affidavit. It went on to say that Carter told police he hadn't slept in six months and had no recollection of anything except being stopped by police.

He said he was returning his mother's car when he was stopped by police.

At that point, read the affidavit, Carter said he wanted a lawyer and the interview stopped.

During their interviews of neighbors and employees following the discovery of the bodies, an employee of Winnisquam Marine, located next to the house, said Shawn Carter had come on the company's property a few times — once he was asking for someone named Alex.

A neighbor told police she saw lights on in the house, both upstairs and downstairs, around 3:30 a.m. on May 24.

During the interview, said police, one trooper noticed there was "red/brown staining of the body of the baseball cap Carter was wearing that was consistent with blood splatter."

The second trooper said that during the time he was with Carter, Carter never asked him what happened to his mother and brother nor did he, in this trooper's opinion, express any surprise when told about their deaths.

Belmont Police supervisors interviewed Frank Dalton, the owner of the home rented by the Carters.

Affidavits said Dalton rented the house to the Carters and about three or four days before the murders, he asked Priscilla what was wrong with her son and she told him "Shawn was very depressed."

Dalton also told police that about one week before the murders, Priscilla Carter asked him about getting some wood. Police found two small stacks of chopped wood logs on the first floor of the home.

Affidavits said Dalton told police that Shawn Carter has stated he needed to get a hatchet and Dalton had told him the wood was already split and a hatchet wasn't needed. He also said he saw Shawn sitting outside and staring at Lake Winnisquam the day before the murders. Priscilla's car wasn't there and Dalton assumed she was working as he knew she did every day.

A second trooper spoke with Dalton's son who said he saw Shawn Carter splitting wood with a yellow-handled ax. A yellow-handled ax was recovered from the truck of Priscilla Carter's car when Shawn was arrested.

Affidavits say that three spots of blood from the ax were tested and determined Timothy Carter was the major source of the DNA. "As to two of the samples, due to the complexity of the genetic information, it cannot be determined whether Priscilla Carter and/or Shawn Carter may be a minor contributor to the DNA that was obtained," read the arrest warrant affidavit.

Two samples tested from the light-colored baseball cap Shawn Carter was wearing when he was arrested showed Timothy Carter was the major contributor. Again forensic specialists were unable to determine if Priscilla or Shawn Carter may have been minor contributors.

Two blood samples taken from one of the boots Carter was wearing after his arrest showed that Timothy Carter was the major contributor to one of them. As to the other sample, Shawn Carter was excluded as a contributor however, neither Priscilla nor Timothy can be excluded a a source.

"The DNA and blood evidence obtained from the Lab is consistent with Shawn Carter wearing his boots and baseball cap at the time he used the yellow-handled ax to kill Timothy Carter and Priscilla Carter," read the arrest warrant.

Included in the search warrant affidavits was also a description of the bedroom where both bodies were found. Police said they noticed glass that apparently came from a broken globe on a ceiling fan in the room on the floor behind Priscilla Carter's head.

 
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