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Harlie Brook Carter

Harlie Brook Carter

Female 1990 - 2010  (19 years)

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  • Name Harlie Brook Carter 
    Born 17 Dec 1990 
    Gender Female 
    Died 4 Jun 2010  Lenoir, Caldwell NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11696  Ritch
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 

    Father Living 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother April Michelle Hamby 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F4283  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

     1. Living
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F4284  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Lenoir, NC- Harlie Brook Carter, age 19, of Lenoir, went home to be with the Lord, June 4, 2010. Harlie was born December 17, 1990 to April Michelle Hamby and Gary David Ritch. Harlie was later adopted by her Maternal Grandparents, Marlene and Floyd Carter. Harlie was preceded in death by her Maternal Grandfather, Arnold Adkins and a cousin, Chassidy Pitts.

      Survivors include her mother, April Hamby and her husband, Mike; her father, Gary Ritch, her adoptive parents and grandparents, Marlene and Floyd Carter; her aunt and uncle, Jerry and Marie Teague; 3 sisters, Hailey Hamby, Destiney Hamby, Tasha Ritch; one brother, Michael Hamby, Jr. and the most precious of all, her Daughter, Kendyll Buchanan. Harlie loved her daughter and she loved her mommy.

      Harlie was full of life and did not deserve what happened to her, but she would want us all to be happy and not cry. Harlie had many friends and people whom she loved and who loves her.

      LENOIR NC - Justin Ray Hester, 26, of Lenoir was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in Superior Court in Lenoir on Monday. Judge Robert Ervin accepted Hester’s plea arrangement made with the District Attorney’s office, and Hester was sentenced to two life sentences without parole for both murders.

      “I hope he burns in hell,” said Pam Brown, mother of Kevin Lee Shatley, after the judge’s decision. Shatley, along with Harlie Brooke Carter, was murdered.

      “He took the plea because he couldn’t stand being in a cell 23 hours a day,” she said, referring to Hester’s confinement prior to his sentence. In prison, he’ll have more freedom, according to Brown.

      Carter’s cousin, Robin Carter, said “I think he (Hester) was a coward and that he was afraid of the needle.”

      There have been no death penalty murder convictions in North Carolina since 2006, according to James Gaither, District Attorney.

      The murders of Shetley and Carter occurred in June 2010 in the Dudley Shoals area of Caldwell County in a dispute over money, according to the District Attorney’s office. Assistant District Attorneys Nancy Lee and Eric Bellas prosecuted the case.

      Bellas revealed evidence gathered by Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office in collaboration with the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation in a Powerpoint presentation.

      Bellas followed trails of text messages, evidence and testimony that led to Hester as the person who most closely fits the evidence. Much of the evidence pointed to a premeditated - or first degree - intent to murder Carter and Shatley.

      The evidence implicated Hester shooting Carter and Shatley once each in the head with a .357 caliber revolver, according to the presentation. Hester then enlisted the help of Matthew Bradley Powell, then 21, of Granite Falls and Dylan Shane Teeters, then 19, of Lenoir, in disposing of the car by sinking it in Lake Rhodhiss, said Bellas. The car bogged down on a muddy road to the lake. The three then hatched a plan to burn it, said Bellas.

      It was the burned car with the two bodies in it that led deputies to begin the in-depth investigation, leading to the arrest of Hester.

      When questioned by the judge as to his understanding of the plea agreement, Hester responded yes to all points, including that he was facing two terms of life imprisonment without the chance of parole.