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January 6, 2014

King appears in Knox County court

Woman charged in shooting death of Knox County man

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A woman charged in the shooting death of Barbourville resident Earl Carter, 75, made another appearance in Knox County Circuit Court Friday — albeit brief.

Charlene Sue King, 50, of Four Mile, stood with her attorney Randall Jewell before Judge Tom Jensen.

Jewell had very little to say Friday, except to request Jensen set another pretrial conference for King. Jensen did that, and scheduled it for March 7.

Once that was complete, King was allowed to leave. She remains free on a $50,000 fully-secured bond with ankle monitored home incarceration.

Jewell discussed during a 2013 pretrial conference a Supreme Court ruling made, which he told Jensen he needed time to review. None of that ruling was discussed Friday.

Carter was shot multiple times in the chest in his J. Goodin Road home Nov. 12, 2012 and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a nine-minute 911 recording obtained through an open records request made by the Times-Tribune, King admitted shooting Carter with a 9 mm handgun, and alleged Carter was “trying to take advantage of me.”

The call from King came in to dispatchers at 12:26 a.m. “There’s been an incident,” she said.

She then told dispatchers the address. When questioned as to the nature of the incident, King said “he (Carter) was bothering me, and I shot him.”

“Is he alive?” asked the dispatcher.

“I don’t know,” she responded. “I didn’t go look.”

She told the dispatcher Carter was located in the sunroom of the home. “You shot Earl Carter?” asked the dispatcher.

“Yeah,” said King.

When asked why she shot Carter, King said “he was trying to follow me.”

“He was trying to rape you?” asked the dispatcher.

“He was trying to take advantage of me,” she said.

She then told dispatchers she would have to return to the Carter residence to allow responding officers to enter. “I don’t want to,” she said. “I know I have to but I don’t want to.”

Dispatch explained to her officers would be on scene in three to four minutes. “I’m scared,” King said.

“Have you checked on him or anything?” dispatch said.

King said no. “When I shot him, he said, ‘You killed me.’”

King also told dispatch she used a 9 mm handgun. When asked, she said the gun was “on the table.”

She requested dispatch remain on the line with her until officers arrived. “I’m not going outside by myself,” she said.

During her call to 911 she returned to the home to check on Carter. “I see him,” she said. “There’s a lot of blood.

“His mouth is open and his head is back,” she continued. “I don’t see his chest moving.

“I didn’t mean to hurt him.”

During her arraignment she pleaded not guilty to the charges. No trial date has yet been set in this case.

 

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