Handcuffed suicide case gets stranger: Carter's hands never tested for gun residue
JONESBORO, Ark. -- The Chavis Carter case is getting stranger and stranger. Reports released Wednesday say that the Arkansas state crime lab never tested the 21-year-old's hands for gun residue, an incredulous oversight to anyone following this tragic story.
Even though Jonesboro Police Chief Michael Yates told the Associated Press that his department allegedly requested the test, it was not done ostensibly because the lab does not run that kind of analysis on homicide and suicide victims. What?
In addition, police now claim that Carter's girlfriend, who had previously said he called her to come get him from the police precinct, said he had told her he also had a gun. This call was allegedly made while he was in the police car. Another angle given by the police was one of Carter's friend had asked him to bring him a gun shortly before police stopped the car he was traveling in.
This new development means the police are trying to place the gun in Chavis's possession, which would bolster their claims of him shooting himself. If he could call his girlfriend while he was handcuffed, then it is possible for him to handle a gun.
But this does not shed light on how the police missed a weapon, while frisking him twice. Frisked thoroughly enough to uncover a little bag of marijuana worth a mere $10.
Chavis reportedly died on July 28 by a fatal gunshot wound to his right temple, while in the back of a police car with his hands cuffed behind his back. He was arrested after a traffic stop but while his two travel companions, who just happen to be white, were free to go, Carter was arrested. Police have released the dash cam video of that traffic stop, which only raises more troubling questions than it does to provide answers.
Click the following link to see the dash cam video:
Why were the two white companions free to go but not Carter? Is there racial bias involved? Conflicting reports have surfaced about the reasons for Carter's arrest. Some say there was an outstanding warrant and others say it was because of the little bit of marijuana found by police.
His death was officially ruled as a suicide this week and family, friends, his community and beyond find this stunning.
How did Carter kill himself while handcuffed? Moreover, his mom, Teresa Carter, reportedly claimed that her son was left-handed but the bullet went through the right side of his head.
Police had also released a video simulating how it was possible for the 21-year-old to have shot himself while handcuffed, but they forgot to factor in one important detail--the officer giving the demonstration used his right hand to put the gun to his right temple.
(Check out the re-enactment video here: Chavis Carter 'Suicide' Reenactment By Jonesboro Police).
To add to the suspicion, how could the authorities not do forensic testing on Carter's hands? Another dubious reason given according to Newsone, was a test cannot tell whether he committed suicide or not. No, but it can tell us if he fired the gun or not, among other variables.
By giving these bizarre details of the case, authorities are casting more suspicion on the young man's death instead of providing clarity.
Click on the links below to read more on the new developments and to check out my earlier report:\
Reported by Veronica Roberts 8.23.12