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    Carey Padgett Sentenced to Life Imprisonment in 2010 VA Rape/Murder of Cara Holley

    Death penalty 'on the table' in teen killing

    A Roanoke man may face the death penalty after new charges were filed in connection with the death last month of a city teen.

    Carey Shane Padgett, 21, will be arraigned today on new charges of capital murder during the course of a robbery and capital murder during the course of an abduction. He also faces a new robbery charge.

    Padgett already was charged with first-degree murder and abduction stemming from the July 7 slaying of 18-year-old Cara Holley.

    Roanoke County Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Leach said Monday that the capital murder charges do not mean prosecutors necessarily will seek the death penalty, but "it puts it on the table."

    Police have said in a search warrant that Padgett confessed to taking Holley to a field in Roanoke County to talk and smoke marijuana, then beat her to death with a tire iron. Padgett led officers to where he buried Holley's body in a wooded area in Franklin County, according to a search warrant.

    Padgett, who had been a night-shift worker at Advance Auto Parts, wanted to take Holley's SUV and leave Roanoke, the warrant said.

    Holley, who like Padgett had graduated from Patrick Henry High School, was a receptionist and retail worker who planned to attend community college this fall.

    Padgett told officers that he and Holley were friends, the warrant said. A classmate of Holley's from Patrick Henry said at a memorial service that Padgett had stalked Holley.

    http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/258763

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    Judge throws out Padgett's motion to plead guilty in Cara Holley murder case

    Roanoke County prosecutors stepped in to make sure Shane Padgett would continue to face capital murder charges in the death of Cara Holley.

    Prosecutors told a judge this afternoon they would drop the original first degree murder and abduction charges against Padgett, leaving the possibility he could get the death penalty if convicted on the table.

    Prosecutors upgraded Padgett's charges to capital charges last month.

    Padgett's next court appearance is scheduled for October 22nd.

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    10 On Your Side has learned Shane Padgett will attempt to plead guilty to the first degree murder of Cara Holley.

    Investigators believe Padgett lured Holley to a field near his Roanoke County home last July when he beat her to death in order to steal her car.

    Padgett later told investigators he buried Holley underneath some brush in a rural area of Franklin County, according to court records.

    Originally charged with first degree murder and abduction by force, the Roanoke County commonwealth's attorney's office recently upgraded the charge to capital murder.

    Capital murder means the commonwealth can seek the death penalty.

    Padgett's attorney, Neil Horn, confirmed Padgett will try to plead guilty to the original first degree murder charge at a hearing today in Roanoke County circuit court at 4 p.m.

    The commonwealth's attorney's office will likely object to the plea attempt, Horn said, leaving the decision in the hands of the judge.

    http://www2.wsls.com/news/2010/sep/10/2/shane-padgett-attempt-plead-guilty-cara-holley-mur-ar-499313/

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    Padgett capital murder charges advance to grand jury

    Carey Shane Padgett, charged with capital murder in the July slaying of Cara Marie Holley, was back in Roanoke County court this morning.

    Padgett waived a preliminary hearing and a judge certified two capital murder counts and a robbery charge to a grand jury that is scheduled to meet next month.

    Padgett gave no testimony today.

    A Roanoke County judge had previously blocked Padgett's attempt to plead guilty to first-degree murder in the July 7 slaying of Holley.

    Instead, Judge James Swanson allowed the state to drop that charge, leaving in place the two upgraded capital murder counts Padgett now faces.

    Padgett, 21, was initially charged with first-degree murder, but prosecutors amended them to capital murder counts of abduction and robbery. Padgett could now face the death penalty.

    Police have said in a search warrant that Padgett confessed to taking Holley, 18, to a field in Roanoke County to talk and smoke marijuana, then beat her to death with a tire iron. Padgett led officers to where he buried Holley's body in a wooded area in Franklin County, according to a search warrant.

    Padgett, who had been a night-shift worker at Advance Auto Parts, wanted to take Holley's SUV and leave Roanoke, the warrant said.

    Holley, who, like Padgett, had graduated from Roanoke's Patrick Henry High School, was a receptionist and retail worker who planned to attend community college this fall.

    Padgett told officers that he and Holley were friends, the warrant said. A classmate of Holley's from Patrick Henry said at a memorial service that Padgett had stalked Holley.

    http://www.roanoke.com/news/breaking/wb/274485

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    Trial date set for man accused of killing a Roanoke teen

    A trial date has been set for the man accused of killing a Roanoke teen. Shane Padgett is charged with capital murder in the death of Cara Holley.

    Police say he choked and then beat the 18-year-old to death last July. They say he killed her for her car.

    Padgett wavied his right to a speedy trial on Wednesday. His case will be heard January 23. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

    http://www.wdbj7.com/news/wdbj7-tria...,1424090.story

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    Depressed Padgett not helping defend murder charge, lawyers say

    Roanoke County Circuit Court may rule today whether Carey Shane Padgett is mentally competent to stand trial in the murder of Patrick Henry High School graduate Cara Marie Holley.

    Defense attorney Neil Horn said at a court hearing today that Padgett, 23, is incompetent to stand trial on capital murder charges because hasn't communicated with his attorneys about his case. A doctor has found that Padgett needs medical treatment before he can participate in his defense, Horn said.

    Judge James Swanson may rule on Padgett's mental competency after testimony later today.

    Padgett is scheduled for trial in January. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.

    Padgett has suffered from depression, Horn said. He was on suicide watch over the weekend, according to his attorneys.

    He has been jailed since the days following the killing of Holley, 18, on July 7, 2010.

    Padgett confessed that he beat Holley to death with a tire iron in a Roanoke County field so he could take her new Kia Sorento and leave Roanoke, police have said. He later led police to her buried body in Franklin County, authorities said.

    http://www.roanoke.com/news/breaking/wb/300797

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    Suspect in Patrick Henry graduate's slaying ruled unfit for trial in Roanoke County

    Carey Shane Padgett's depression has made him unfit to stand trial in January on charges of capital murder in the killing of Patrick Henry High School graduate Cara Marie Holley, a Roanoke County judge ruled Monday.

    Padgett has been too depressed to communicate with his attorneys or mother since about August, 13 months after he admitted beating to death 18-year-old Holley with a tire iron so he could use her vehicle to leave Roanoke.

    Because he can't communicate, Padgett's attorneys can't prepare his case for a trial yet, psychologist Rebecca Loehrer said. A psychiatric hospital, likely Central State Hospital in Petersburg, will treat Padgett until he's able to work with attorneys, Circuit Court Judge James Swanson ruled.

    "My main concern is his motivation," Loehrer told the judge. "He indicated to me he didn't wish to live anymore."

    In September, Loehrer interviewed Padgett, his mother and defense attorney Neil Horn and reviewed his medical and school records, she said.

    Padgett has major depression and bipolar disorder and has been in treatment since childhood, his attorneys said.

    The Western Virginia Regional Jail has held him in segregation from other prisoners because of the capital murder charges. The jail placed him on suicide watch several times including this past weekend, Horn said.

    Padgett stopped communicating with his attorneys and with his mother about the same time in August.

    The inmate flatly replies to questions with little more than head nods, Horn said. "He's not capable of putting his thoughts to words," Horn added.

    Still, Padgett understands the court proceedings against him, the inmate and the psychologist said Monday.

    A three-week capital murder trial had been set for late January but will be rescheduled. If tried and convicted, Padgett faces either life in prison or the death penalty.

    He has been jailed since the days following the killing of Holley, 18, on July 7, 2010.

    The two Patrick Henry High School graduates traveled to a field in Roanoke County to talk and smoke marijuana before he attacked her with his hands and the tire iron, Padgett told police. He then bound her body and took it to a wooded area in Franklin County, where he later led police. A Rocky Mount officer caught Padgett driving Holley's 2011 Kia Sorento.

    Among other charges, Padgett faces multiple counts of capital murder, including murder involving abduction, robbery, sodomy and rape.

    On Monday, Padgett, in a yellow jail jumpsuit, stared forward throughout the proceedings. He responded "yes" when the judge asked if he understood, and "no" when asked if he had further questions.

    More than a dozen of Holley's family and friends filled two rows behind the prosecution. They passed boxes of tissues to one another, held and wore items printed with her picture and sobbed during Swanson's ruling.

    Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Leach counseled the family afterward that the ruling isn't a loss for the prosecution.

    Leach said later he had expected Padgett would be examined and treated before a trial begins.

    "We're going to do this right," Leach said, because the Virginia Supreme Court would review the proceedings if Padgett is convicted and sentenced to death.

    "You don't rush with this kind of thing. You dot the I's and cross the T's," Leach added.

    The commonwealth's attorney hopes Padgett will be well enough to face a jury as early as next summer.

    "It's not like he's going off to the hospital and will never come back for a trial," Leach said.

    http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/300816

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    Capital murder trial set for October in killing of Patrick Henry High grad

    Carey Shane Padgett has been found competent to stand trial on charges of capital murder in the killing of Patrick Henry High School graduate Cara Marie Holley, and the case is set to begin in late October.

    In November, Padgett was ruled unfit for a jury trial that had been scheduled to begin in January. But this afternoon, he was back in court — and in a yellow jumpsuit from the Western Virginia Regional Jail — for a hearing as Roanoke County Circuit Judge James Swanson sorted out a series of motions from Padgett’s defense team.

    If convicted of capital murder, Padgett faces either life in prison or the death penalty.

    Most of today’s hearing was taken up by a discussion of whether to issue questionnaires to potential jurors to speed up the selection process. Swanson took that under advisement, depending on the questions and whether prosecutors and the defense can agree on a form.

    Police have said in a search warrant that Padgett confessed to taking Holley, 18, to a field in Roanoke County in July 2010 to talk and smoke marijuana, then beating her to death with a tire iron. Padgett led officers to where he buried Holley’s body in a wooded area in Franklin County, according to a search warrant.

    Padgett, who had been a night-shift worker at Advance Auto Parts, wanted to take Holley’s SUV and leave Roanoke, the warrant said.

    Holley was a receptionist and retail worker who planned to attend community college.

    Padgett only spoke twice on Wednesday, answering “no” when Swanson asked him if he had any questions or issues with his lawyers.

    http://www.roanoke.com/news/breaking/wb/305889

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    It was learned in court Thursday what will likely be the defense for a man accused of beating a woman to death with a tire iron. Shane Padgett could be put to death if convicted.

    Padgett is accused of raping, robbing and killing Cara Holley in Roanoke County in 2010. Her body was found just south of Rocky Mount under some brush and boards. According to a search warrant, Padgett told a police detective that he choked and beat Holley to death with the automotive tool. He's charged with capital murder and faces the death penalty.

    A judge granted a motion to hire a doctor to evaluate Padgett and look into his possible illegal drug use around the time investigators say he killed Holley. It was revealed in court that Padgett used marijuana as well as the hallucinogen salvia and a European club drug called methedrone, which is similar to Ecstasy.

    His defense argues it may be that salvia, which is illegal in Virginia, and methedrone impaired his state, which could take away premediation from the crime. That could lower his charges to second degree murder, saving Padgett's life.

    His attorneys argue Padgett's severe mental illness, which caused him for a time to be incompetent to stand trial, might have stemmed from his father's suicide when he was a boy.

    Padgett's trial is scheduled to start this fall.

    http://www.wtkr.com/news/wdbj7-man-c...,4206268.story
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    Prosecutors seeking death penalty against accused killer Shane Padgett

    WDBJ7 has confirmed prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a Roanoke County man charged with capital murder.

    Shane Padgett is accused of killing Patrick Henry High grad Cara Holley in 2010.

    On Thursday in Roanoke County court, a judge granted a motion to allow the defense to hire an expert on Padgett's danger to society after a possible sentencing. That will cost $9,600 and will come from state funds.

    It's important because his suspected danger will be a factor if he can be put to death.

    What is also critical to point out is that Padgett may have been high on synthetic drugs like bath salts at the time of the offense.

    His team has talked with pharmacology experts about what bath salts can do to the mind.

    He's accused of raping Holley and beating her to death with a tire iron and then dumping her body in Franklin County.

    We spoke with Padgett's capital defender after the hearing Thursday and asked him if bath salts might be used as a possible way to take premeditation out of the equation.

    That could drop charges down to second-degree murder and save his life.

    http://www.wdbj7.com/news/wdbj7-pros...,2762837.story
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    Roanoke man pleads guilty to bludgeoning former classmate in 2010, still could face death

    A Roanoke man pleaded guilty Monday to beating a former classmate to death, but he still could face the death penalty.

    The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/19iWFwI) that 24-year-old Carey Shane Padgett pleaded guilty in Roanoke County Circuit Court Monday to 2 capital murder charges, to abduction and robbery. He pleaded no contest to 3 additional charges of capital murder and charges of abduction with the intent to defile, forcible sodomy and rape.

    An 18-day trial for Padgett was scheduled to start on Wednesday for the 2010 death of 18-year-old Cara Marie Holley.

    Police accused Padgett of beating Holley with a tire iron in a Roanoke County field, stealing her vehicle and burying her in Franklin County. They had been classmates in Roanoke.

    Padgett was arrested two days after Holley's disappearance while driving her SUV, police said.

    The charges against him were long delayed because Padgett's depression had made him temporarily unfit to stand trial.

    Prosecutors are still seeking the death penalty when Padgett is sentenced early next year.

    (source: Associated Press)
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