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Woman accused of killing man with shoe accepts manslaughter plea

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012 1:29 PM
Last updated Thursday, Aug 9, 2012 12:51 AM
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A woman accused of committing murder with a high-heeled shoe was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Thelma Lou Carter, 47, will also serve two years’ probation for her actions, which led to the death of Robert Frank Higdon, 58, on July 31, 2011, at Augusta Mobile Home Estates in the 2500 block of Milledgeville Road.

The sentencing hearing before Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet revealed several new facts about the case, including that it was a wide-heeled sole, not a stiletto heel as previously reported, that was used for the fatal blow.

Assistant District Attorney Rex Myers said Carter’s blow was the culmination of a fight between the couple over Higdon’s abuse of a puppy.

During the fight, Higdon punched Carter in the chest and extinguished a cigarette on her leg, Myers said.

Carter responded by hitting Higdon once in the head with a shoe. Myers said that the blow would not normally be fatal, but Higdon had heart problems that contributed to his death.

A medical examiner determined that Higdon died of blunt-force trauma.

Myers said a malice murder charge was dropped as part of the plea deal because there was no intention to kill.

On the felony murder charge, there was a legal question as to whether a shoe constituted a deadly weapon, he said.

A tearful Carter apologized for her actions, saying she wished she could take it back.

Public defender Kate Mason said Carter “is taking responsibility for a really bad series of events in a bad time of her life.”

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/08/12 - 03:42 pm
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I always had a heart for

I always had a heart for Thelma Lou.

recoveringaddict
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recoveringaddict 08/08/12 - 04:06 pm
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Why isn't it self defense if

Why isn't it self defense if he hit her and burned her with a cigarette?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/08/12 - 04:53 pm
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My guess would be public

My guess would be public defender .

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 08/08/12 - 05:12 pm
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recoveringaddict - Because

recoveringaddict - Because the cigarette butt isn't enough force that warrants the ability to kill someone. You can only use deadly force to stave off deadly force or a "forcible felony" (e.g. armed robbery).

What this lady did is what is called "imperfect self defense", meaning she used more force than she was legally allowed to.

Willow - funny as your comment is, Kate Mason is a good attorney.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/08/12 - 06:28 pm
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I don't know her and meant no

I don't know her and meant no offense towards her, but seriously doubt the effort and resources would be equal as say for an upper class lady of means.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 08/08/12 - 08:43 pm
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That's certainly possible,

That's certainly possible, Willow. There's a lot of good PDs out there, but they have state-imposed budgetary constraints that private attorneys and DAs don't have.

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HighSociety 08/08/12 - 11:15 pm
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Lawyers are just like

Lawyers are just like everything else, you get what you pay for. In this case she got
Kate Mason. Yes Mason is a good attorney, but I wouldn't want her representing me in a murder trial. But I guess as Willow said if the means were there she could've made a choice on attorneys.

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meginlea 08/09/12 - 07:34 am
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This whole story just sounds

This whole story just sounds so sad to me. I feel bad for this woman and the family of the guy...although I don't like him much since he abused her first :/ and hurt a puppy :/

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Willow Bailey 08/09/12 - 08:54 am
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I agree, meg. They say,

I agree, meg. They say, hurting people, hurt people. It 's a nightmare to be stuck in dysfunctional thinking and living. Neediness is the trap that blinds and distorts every decision.

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myfather15 08/09/12 - 11:04 pm
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I've been a Deputy for 15

I've been a Deputy for 15 years. I've met many public defenders and many private practice attorneys. There are lazy butts on both sides. Many public defender's are fine human beings that give it their ALL, in their cases. They all get those cases of "Repeat offender's or drug dealers." and think "Oh god, not him again." On those, I'm sure they aren't as determined to give it their all and most of the time just try to get a plea deal done.

That is with both sides though. Many high paid attorneys are completely NOT worth the money. They have name recognition but are some of the worst attorneys you could get. They couldn't care less about their clients and do nothing for them. I've seen some of the higher paid attorneys not return phone calls of the clients, not show up AT ALL for their clients court date, show up late, and show up not having even talked to their client about the case.

I've been questioned on the stand by many different attorneys as well. Some of the best quetioning has came from public defenders that prepared their case very well. If they feel they have a good case and can possibly prove their client innocent, they do a dang good job. If the evidence if overwhelming against their client, they usually try to make a plea deal, but thats with all attorneys.

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