Trial to begin for 2018 Thomasville murder case

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Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 12:21 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2022 at 3:44 PM EST
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THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WALB) - The opening statements and trial for the 2018 murder of Deanna Shirey in Thomasville began Monday.

Twelve jurors and four alternates have been selected.

Robert Carter II is facing malice murder and sexual battery charges. Carter was arrested in July 2018 after local, state, and federal law enforcement went into an around-the-clock manhunt. Carter is facing 21 counts including felony murder, concealing the death of another, sexual battery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, armed burglary, theft by taking.

Carter is also facing multiple charges for two separate incidents where investigators said he held an Ochlocknee family and a Thomasville woman hostage.

Shirey’s body was found buried in Carter’s backyard.

On Monday, Carter entered a plea of not guilty to every charge against him. The jury heard six witnesses testify.

There are five individuals Carter is accused of committing crimes against Shirey between July 3-6, 2018.

Trial will continue Tuesday at 9 a.m.

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