Robert Carter has first court appearance
July 9, 2018
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Around 2 p.m. this afternoon, deputies escorted Robert Carter, a person of interest in the disappearance of Thomasville resident Deanna Shirey, into a quiet courtroom for his arraignment.
Carter was read his rights, then was read nine different charges, before being told by a judge that his bond had been denied.
Carter is being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, exploitation of an elderly adult, false imprisonment, kidnapping, card fraud, peeping tom, stalking and theft of a motor vehicle.
None of those nine charges are linked to Shirey, but rather an incident that happened to another victim on Sherwood Drive on July 5.
The next day, multiple units swarmed carter's home and a search began.
Investigators have yet to release what links him to Shirey's disappearance, but her family is taking this as a good sign to getting closer to the truth.
"There was an overwhelming sigh of relief at first, that our prayers were answered and that Robert Carter was captured and no one in law enforcement was injured in capturing him," said Nick Abiusi, Shirey's son-in-law.
With the help of more than a dozen agencies - national, multi-state and local - Carter was found Sunday afternoon in the Ochlocknee River, trying to hide under a log in the water.
Shortly after Carter's hearing, WCTV learned of more information regarding his criminal history; Not only has Carter been convicted of child molestation in 2001, but he's currently still facing chargers for aggravated sexual battery in an incident that happened in Thomas County in February of last year.
Later that May, Thomas County Sheriff's Office says he was released on a $30,000 bond.
Officials say he hasn't been to court on those charges yet, but that a bonding company may possibly come off his bond, now with his newly committed offense.
Earlier in court, it was said that there are other pending charges for Carter, which are currently under consideration by the DA.
That could mean another arraignment for Carter in the near future.
July 9, 2018
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Robert Carter, a person of interest in the disappearance of Thomasville resident Deanna Shirey, appeared in court on Monday for his first arraignment.
Carter was denied bond and is facing nine total charges, all stemming from an incident that happened on Sherwood Street on July 5 that involved a stolen white Tacoma.
Carters is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, exploitation of an elderly adult, false imprisonment, kidnapping, financial transaction card fraud, peeping tom, stalking and motor vehicle theft.
Other pending charges are under consideration by the DA.
Another arraignment could happen in the near future.
July 8, 2018
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- A person of interest in the Deanna Shirey case has been found and placed in custody today.
Officials from the Thomas County Sheriffs Office have confirmed that Robert Carter was caught hiding under a bridge after a multi-day search.
TCSO's Steve Jones confirms that Carter was spotted at around 3:30 by K9 teams. The bridge he was hiding under was on Highway 188 about three quarters of a mile east of the town of Ochlocknee.