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    Jury Recommends Life Sentence for Randy Carter, Jr. in 2005 FL Slaying of Austin Paine

    A Northampton County judge refused to alter his 29- to 58-year state prison sentence for a Tunkhannock, Pa., man convicted of attempted homicide in a 2007 stabbing outside a Bethlehem night club.

    Randy Carter Jr., 29, asked Judge Anthony Beltrami to reconsider the sentence he handed down after a jury convicted Carter of stabbing Michael Parker and another man outside Casa Blanca nightclub. Four different witnesses testified they saw Carter and Antoine Williams attack Parker, who lost his eye in the vicious assault. As he and Williams attempted to get away, they crashed into a police cruiser and were arrested. Carter was too drunk to recall the fight at the time, police said.

    At his trial, Carter argued defense attorney Mark Refowich was ineffective, and he revived those complaints after his sentencing. Among his complaints, Carter said Refowich did not follow up on blood spatter or DNA evidence that might have proven him innocent. He also failed to follow up on the theory that another man named Waylon "Dice" Clark was the actual stabber, Carter said.

    Beltrami, however, dismissed all of the arguments in a 42-page ruling released this morning. Carter's claims either failed to reach the parameters created under the law or were simply not credible, according to the ruling.

    Carter called Tina Williams and Victor Streety, the mother and brother of his co-defendant, to testify, and they claimed Clark admitted in Tina Williams' kitchen to stabbing Parker. They passed the information to Brett Riegel, Antoine Williams' attorney, but the information never reached Refowich, according to the Beltrami's ruling. Carter also claimed he told Refowich that someone else had admitted to the crime but did not know Clark's real name despite knowing him for years.

    In his ruling, Beltrami said he didn't believe Tina Williams or Streety's testimony. He also wrote that Carter's own testimony at his trial didn't fit with the new story. At trial, Carter testified the third person with them went by the name Tyson, D. or T. If he had known Clark for years, surely Carter would have known his actual name or brought it up when he complained about other matters, Beltrami reasoned.

    "Such a stark inconsistency over such a basic but critical fact drastically undermined the credibility of the defendant's entire... testimony," Beltrami wrote.

    Police in Florida have charged Carter with the 2005 murder of 25-year-old Austin Paine. The website for the Brevard County (Fla.) Clerk of Courts indicates he is scheduled to appear in court there Jan. 4. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

    http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/beth...dge_refus.html


    Man Charged In Austin Paine’s 2005 Murder

    On September 23, 2005, Florida surfer Austin Paine, 25, was gunned down in the side yard of his home after armed men in hoods broke into his house in a burglary attempt. It’s taken almost five years, but Brevard County has finally filed charged against Jarod Stanley Parrish, 26, according to a story in Florida Today.

    An arrest report says Parrish participated in the homicide “by planning the event” with the others at his own Indialantic home “shortly before the armed burglary and murder took place.” The report says Parrish specifically targeted Paine. . . Investigators said Randy Carter Jr., 26, of Cocoa, and Anthony Williams, 30, of Tobyhanna, Pa., broke through a sliding glass door to a bedroom in Paine’s Plumosa Way home. The two, armed with pistols, beat Paine before he fled out the shattered glass door. Carter and Williams pursued Paine and shot him to death near the backyard gate.

    Police say the robbery was motivated by “drugs and money.”

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    Man convicted of attempted homicide in Bethlehem now on trial in Florida murder case



    A former Pennsylvania resident convicted of attempted murder in Bethlehem is on trial in Florida for a capital murder case in a deadly home invasion, according to court records.

    Randy "Crime" Carter Jr., 30, formerly of Tunkhannock, Pa., is standing trial in Brevard County, Fla., in the Sept. 23, 2005, slaying of Austin Paine. He faces the death penalty if convicted. Carter's co-defendant in that case, Anthony "Ace" Williams, was sentenced to life in prison following a conviction in May 2009, according to Florida court records.

    A Northampton County jury found Carter guilty of attempted murder in a vicious stabbing outside a Bethlehem nightclub Oct. 21, 2007, in which a man named Michael Parker suffered about 15 stab wounds and lost his right eye. Carter was sentenced to 29 to 58 years in state prison for the crime. His December 2012 bid to have that conviction tossed, claiming his defense counsel was ineffective, was denied by county Judge Anthony Beltrami.

    Court records indicate Carter and Williams were among a group of hooded men who barged into 25-year-old Paine's Florida home in an armed robbery. When Paine fled the home, the two men are accused of pursuing him and gunning him down near a rear gate on his beachside property.

    When Carter was picked up for the Bethlehem stabbing in 2007, authorities had been seeking him in the 2005 slaying. He's on trial on accusations of first-degree murder and armed home invasion.

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    Fourth suspect convicted in 2005 killing

    Almost nine years after his death, a jury convicted the fourth suspect in the 2005 killing of Austin Paine.

    A jury found Randy Carter Jr. guilty of first-degree murder felony murder and armed burglary Thursday evening, according to Assistant State Attorney Bill Respess. They deliberated for about four hours.

    Four men have been convicted of crimes connected to an attempt to steal $90,000 in marijuana they thought was in Paine's freezer. Besides Carter, there was:

    Anthony Williams, now serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

    Chad Leon, convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

    Jarod Parrish, convicted of manslaughter with a firearm and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

    Respess said Paine's family was pleased with the outcome of Carter's trial. Wednesday, the jury for Carter's trial will start a process to decide whether he deserves the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

    http://www.floridatoday.com/story/ne...lling/7847659/
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    Man sentenced to life for 2005 murder

    Assistant State Attorney Bill Respess has been working on the case against the men accused of killing Austin Paine for more than 8 years. Finally, Thursday, the fourth convict was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

    The jury could have recommended that Randy Carter Jr. get a death sentence. They found him guilty of first-degree murder felony murder and armed burglary last week.

    Carter was previously sentenced to 29-58 years in Pennsylvania for an unrelated crime in which he was convicted of stabbing two people, Respess said. After he's formally sentenced in Brevard County on Tuesday, he'll be sent back to Pennslyvania and the prison systems of the two states will figure out how to handle him.

    "The important thing is that he won't be amongst us, he'll be in prison," Respess said.

    Paine was killed in 2005. Four men have been convicted of crimes connected to an attempt to steal $90,000 in marijuana they thought was in Paine's freezer. Besides Carter, there was:

    Anthony Williams, now serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

    Chad Leon, convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

    Jarod Parrish, convicted of manslaughter with a firearm and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

    http://www.floridatoday.com/story/ne...urder/8116709/
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