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Trial begins for man accused in 2018 murder of 70-year-old Thomasville woman

The defense and prosecution made opening arguments before witnesses took the stand on the first day of Robert Carter's murder trial.
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 10:10 AM EST
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THOMAS COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) - Trial proceedings for Robert Lee Carter II, the man accused of murder, kidnapping and several other crimes in 2018, began Monday, Jan. 24.

This comes three years after Carter was arrested and charged with the murder of Deanna Shirey, a 70-year-old Thomasville woman that went missing in July 2018. Carter was known to Shirey as a handyman; however, when her body was found two weeks after her disappearance in Carter’s backyard, he became a person of interest in her death.

Shirey’s car was located in Tallahassee and Carter was allegedly involved in a number of other crimes, including armed robbery and burglary, before eventually being found by law enforcement hiding under a bridge near Ochlocknee.

Carter was on the run for three days before his arrest.

Twelve jurors and four alternatives have been selected for the trial.

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