Thomas Co. murder suspect indicted

Thomas Co. murder suspect indicted
Robert Carter II

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A Thomas County grand jury has returned a true bill Thursday, indicting Robert Carter II on 21 criminal counts, in the death of Deanna Shirey in 2018.

Her body was discovered buried in his backyard, after she had been missing for 10 days.

Carter was arrested in July after local, state and federal law enforcement went into an around-the-clock manhunt.

District Attorney Brad Shealy told WALB News that Carter was indicted for felony murder on counts 2, 8, 12, 18, and 21.

He was indicted for false imprisonment on count 3, and financial card fraud on count 4.

Carter was indicted for concealing a death, motor vehicle theft, and four counts of kidnapping, as well as multiple counts of armed robbery.

There are single counts of burglary, sexual battery, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.

Nick Abusi, a family member who speaks on behalf on Deanna Shirey and the rest of the family, issued this statement Thursday-

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.

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D. A. Shealy expects that Carter will be formally arraigned on Monday, May 20, at the Thomas County Justice Center. He said he did not have a good idea as to when the case could come to trial.

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