Indictment handed down for suspect in Deanna Shirey murder

Published: May. 9, 2019 at 10:38 AM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

May 9, 2019

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- A grand jury has indicted Robert Carter, the man accused in the murder of Thomasville grandmother Deanna Shirey.

Shirey, 70, disappeared in July 2018. Her body was found two weeks later,


After a three-day manhunt, Carter, 47,

near Ochlocknee and was taken into custody.

Carter was arrested and charged in connection to two other incidents in Thomasville and Ochlocknee, and later charged with Shirey's murder.

Thursday, Carter was indicted in Thomas County Superior Court on 21 counts, including armed robbery, burglary, kidnapping, sexual battery, felony murder, and concealing a death.

Deanna Shirey's family released the following statement regarding Carter's indictment:

"As a family, we understand the decision to not pursue the death penalty in Robert Carter’s case. We are pleased with the Grand Jury’s Indictment on all charges and look forward to his conviction. It has always been our family’s desire that Robert Carter never be allowed to hurt anyone else, like he has hurt the families in this case. A conviction won’t bring our mom back, or undue the pain inflicted on the other families last July, but it will protect the community. It is our prayer that a conviction on all charges will help all of the families involved to be able to try and heal from these tragedies."

We will continue to follow the latest on the case.