‘Delusional' mother killed child, attorney says
CONROE — An attorney for Blaine Milam, who is on trial for the capital murder of a 13-month-old girl, told jurors Wednesday that his client's mentally ill girlfriend was responsible for the child's death.
Jessica Carson was depressed and so delusional that “she lost touch with reality and lost touch with her daughter,” said attorney Rick Hagan during the first day of the defense's case. “She acted out on those delusional thoughts.”
Milam, 20, and Carson, 19, who will be tried separately on a capital murder charge, are accused of killing Carson's daughter, Amora Bain Carson, on Dec. 2, 2008, in Rusk County. The trial started last week with Rusk County District Attorney Micheal Jimerson and state Assistant Attorney General Lisa Tanner calling several witnesses, including a medical examiner who described Amora's numerous injuries.
Prosecutors said the couple called 911 to report the child was dead. They told authorities they had gone to look at land to buy and when they returned home, she was dead. When police arrived they found the lifeless child with 24 human bite marks all over her body and multiple red and purple bruises covering her entire head.
The trial was moved to Conroe because of pre-trial publicity. Rusk County Judge J. Clay Gossett is presiding over the case.
Change in demeanor
On Wednesday, Hagan called Jessica Carson's mother, Heather Carson, to testify about her daughter's demeanor, which appeared to have changed drastically before Amora's death. She said her daughter had become quiet, subdued and stopped taking care of her personal appearance. She also said that the last time she had contact with Jessica, Milam and Amora was in November 2008, when they visited her at her Longview apartment. Jessica was submissive and appeared depressed, she said.
On cross-examination, Tanner asked Heather Carson if her daughter suffered from postpartum depression. She said no and characterized her daughter as a good mother.
“She did everything for Amora,” Heather Carson said.
She also said her daughter's behavior did not change until after she moved in with Milam in August 2008, and that concerned her.
Family friend Lisa Taylor, of Elba, Ala., also testified that Jessica Carson was acting “a little weird.” Hagan asked her to describe what she meant.
“There was nothing in her eyes,” Taylor said. “It was like looking into a dark space.”
Taylor's oldest daughter and Jessica Carson are best friends. They met in junior high school when the Carsons lived in Alabama. Jessica Carson, Milam and Amora stayed with the Taylors in November 2008. The couple had planned to move to Alabama and Taylor had agreed to help them find jobs and a place to live. But they abruptly left four days later and returned to Texas after a disagreement with Taylor's youngest daughter, Taylor said.
During the couple's stay, Taylor said Carson did not pay attention to Amora and that Milam cared for the child.
But Taylor had told detectives a different story on Dec. 3, 2008, a day after Amora's murder. Tanner read Taylor her statement. Taylor said that Carson had acted pretty normal and that Blaine acted weird.
Testimony resumes today in Montgomery County's 284th state District Court.http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7002730.htmlNo testimony from Milam in Conroe cap murder trial
CONROE, Texas — A man accused in the 2008 beating death of his girlfriend's toddler did not testify before the defense rested in his trial in Conroe.
Closing arguments are scheduled Monday in the capital murder trial of Blaine Milam.
Milam is accused of killing 13-month-old Amora Bain Carson during an alleged exorcism. The mother, Jesseca Carson, also is charged with capital murder and faces trial later.
A dental expert, Dr. George Isaac, who practices in El Paso, testified for the defense Thursday that there is room for error in bite mark comparisons.
Investigators have said the child was hit with a hammer and bitten more than 30 times. Bite mark expert Robert Williams testified Tuesday, for the prosecution, that he believed some of the bites were made by Milam.http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/7003535.html