Calvin Carter found guilty in Rockford quadruple homicide

July 18, 2017 - Finding Carter

ROCKFORD — “Love will get we killed.”

Marilyn Hite Ross, arch of a rapist business in a Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, called the words found on Martia Flint’s cellphone “sad” and “prophetic.”

The content summary was one of several shared by Hite Ross during shutting arguments currently in a murder hearing of Calvin L. Carter III hold during a Winnebago County Justice Center.

After 3 hours of deliberation, Carter, 24, was found guilty of 133 depends of first-degree murder and home advance in a execution-style deaths of four people.

Flint, 24; Tyrone Smith III, 6; and Tobias K. Smith, 4; and Demontae Rhodes, 24, were found shot to genocide on Dec. 20, 2014, in Flint’s residence, a red-trimmed section duplex in a 3200 retard of Montrose Avenue.

After a outcome was review Carter rose from his chair smiling and was led out of a courtroom by guards and his attorney.

Outside a courtroom, Rhodes’ father, Calvin Rhodes, stood surrounded by family members when he thanked a State’s Attorney’s Office that he pronounced “worked tirelessly to make certain we got a outcome that we were anticipating for.”

He said, however, the guilty outcome does not proportion to justice served.

“Justice is when your automobile is stolen, and it is replaced. Justice is when your income is taken, and it is replaced. There is no probity when a life is taken. We will always have 4 dull seats during Christmas time. We will always have 4 dull seats during Thanksgiving. Where is a probity when a life is taken?”

While Carter faces a life sentence, Rhodes pronounced his family as good as a Smiths and Flints started portion a life judgment 2 1/2 years ago on a deaths of their desired ones.

“We will do day-by-day-by-day along with this immature male since we have a life judgment also.”

During shutting arguments it was by a string of content messages sent from Flint to Carter such as, “Please leave me alone,” sent on Dec. 12; and, “I’m so frightened of we now. My face still hurts,” sent on Dec. 13, that Hite Ross and Deputy State’s Attorney James Brun embellished a design of Carter as an violent and determining boyfriend who became enraged when Flint pennyless off their relationship.

“These murders were personal,” Hite Ross pronounced holding adult one during a time 4 Styrofoam heads any with red markings depicting where any of a victims were shot.

Public defender Nick Zimmerman argued a state’s box was built on circumstantial evidence. He told a jury there were no fingerprints on a murder arms or blood splatter on any of Carter’s wardrobe recovered by police. Hite Ross, however, told a jury the content messages and 97 phone called done by Carter to Flint heading adult to a murders were “digital finger prints.”

Flint, a dental assistant, and Rhodes, an pledge fighter and family businessman, had recently rekindled their attribute after a breakup, during that Flint had antiquated Carter.

Police recovered Flint’s cellphone, that contained some-more than 1,800 content messages. It was from a content messages that Carter emerged as a primary suspect. Flint suggested in a content messages that Carter had abused her and she was endangered that he competence harm her.

Police also recovered a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol with a live turn still in a cover and an dull 13-bullet magazine. The gun was found tossed in a yard among waste during an abandoned southeast Rockford chateau where Carter used to live. The weapon matched a code and indication of a 13 bombard casings found in Flint’s residence.

Brun told a jury a charge does not have to infer ground though offering one anyway. He pronounced Carter killed Flint over “rejection, jealousy and finality” of their attribute being over.

Hite Ross pronounced Carter killed Rhodes and a children because he did not wish to leave witnesses.

In his shutting statements, Zimmerman told a jury anticipating Carter not guilty “will be a toughest preference you’ll ever make since of a magnetism that we all feel for a children, though it will be a right decision.”

After a outcome Zimmerman left the Justice Center saying, “We’ll record all a common post hearing motions seeking for a new trial.”

He did not state on what drift a new hearing would be sought.

Hite Ross spoke of a need for a open to commend and news domestic abuse.

“What we would like to communicate is if anyone finds themselves in a domestic-violence form of attribute to strech out for assistance so that we do not have these forms of situations occurring in a future.”

Carter is scheduled to be condemned during 9 a.m. Sept. 8. 

Chris Green: 815-987-1241;; @chrisfgreen

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