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Carter assigned July 18 probable cause hearing on new counts

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Wade Carter III was assigned a July 18 probable cause hearing date in Halifax County District Court today for a series of crimes which include three sexual assaults.

District Court Judge Pell Cooper of Nash County read Carter his rights, including his right to an attorney.

Roanoke Rapids attorney Sam Barnes is already representing the 54-year-old Carter on the first-degree burglary charge from May when he allegedly broke into the residence of an elderly victim in the 500 block of Raleigh Street and was shot by the homeowner.

Carter made no statement in court other than Barnes was representing him.

Cooper recommended Barnes continue representing him on the new charges, which include a count related to an attempt to break in the Raleigh Street victim’s house on December of last year.

The state did not announce in court whether it would seek indictment of Carter instead of going through a probable cause hearing and Assistant District Attorney Keith Werner later declined comment.

The new charges filed against Carter are as follows:

Burglary, first-degree rape, kidnapping and larceny after breaking/entering, for a crime reported on December 9, 2017, in the 300 block of Taylor Street. The victim reported they were awakened by a suspect standing over them. The suspect then sexually assaulted the victim, and before the suspect left, he took items from the residence.

Attempted burglary and injury to property, for a matter at the Raleigh Street victim’s house from December 23, 2017. The victim reported finding damage to their door, where someone had unsuccessfully tried to break into the residence.

Burglary, attempted first-degree rape, common law robbery, assault inflicting serious bodily injury and kidnapping for an April 14 crime in the 300 block of Monroe Street. The victim reported waking up to their alarm going off and finding the suspect standing over them. The suspect then attempted to sexually assault the victim and demanded money. Before the suspect left, he physically assaulted the victim by hitting them in the face and causing injury.

First-degree rape, common law robbery and kidnapping for a May 15, crime in the 800 block of Jackson Street. The victim reported they were awakened by footsteps inside the residence coming up the stairway. The victim attempted to close the bedroom door, but the suspect forced his way inside. Once inside the bedroom, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim and then demanded cash from the victim. The suspect wanted the victim to drive him to get more cash from an ATM. When they went outside to get in the vehicle, the victim was able to drive off and report the crime.

The additional warrants against Carter were lodged after an extensive Roanoke Rapids Police Department investigation of other crimes committed in the city and DNA analysis performed by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab.

Carter remains in jail in Halifax and is tentatively scheduled for an August 27 superior court appearance on the Raleigh Street first-degree burglary charge from May, according to the state court calendar.


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