Man to enter plea in alleged rape case

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 7, 2003

A Selma man charged with burglary and rape sits in the Dallas County Jail. His alleged victim lies dead.

Devon Carter, 27, will be in the Dallas County Courthouse today where he will enter a plea and have a court date set, said the district attorney’s office.

Carter is being held on charges of second-degree burglary and first-degree rape. Total bond for both counts is $50,000.

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According to the district attorney’s office, the victim was allegedly awakened around midnight

on June 26, 2002, by a man standing over her. Before her death she said that the man was Carter.

She died sometime after the alleged incident of unrelated causes.

According to the district attorney’s office, Carter allegedly choked and threatened to kill the victim if she didn’t stay quiet.

Carter then allegedly pulled out a bag of cocaine and placed some of the drug beneath the victim’s nose and his own.

The woman allegedly pleaded with Carter not to kill her the whole time.

According to the district attorney’s office, Carter then moved the phone to the kitchen before leaving the victim’s apartment.

The victim then called her son who met her at her neighbor’s residence.

Carter allegedly went to a hotel after the incident and called his girlfriend, the daughter of the victim, from a phone there.

The girlfriend used her caller ID to discover where Carter was and called the Selma Police Department, according to the district attorney’s office.

Carter was arrested around 6 a.m.

According to the district attorney’s office, the victim’s daughter told them her mother would ask her how her family could expect her to live though the experience. She would then state that they couldn’t expect her to live through it.

She died sometime after.

The district attorney’s office said that it will press for the maximum sentence on the burglary and rape charges because of the victim’s death.