Family and Friends of 68-Year-Old Murder Victim Planning Rally

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MARION COUNTY, Iowa — Family and friends of a Marion County murder victim are planning a rally.

In June of 2015, police found 68-year-old Shirley Carter shot to death in her home in Lacona. Authorities have yet to make an arrest in the case.

On Friday, friends and family will hold a Justice for Shirley rally outside the Marion County courthouse.

Carter’s husband, Bill, isn’t waiting for police to make and arrest. He says his youngest son is the killer, and this week he filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

“I wouldn’t have done this at all if I didn’t know. I still love my youngest son. I do love him, but I have to have justice for Shirley. I have to,” Bill Carter said. “I was really beginning to fear that we weren’t going to have justice for her.”

“All of the evidence that we’re aware of, that we’ve gathered independently, all of the evidence that is public record from law enforcement, unfortunately, just points to one conclusion that Jason Carter killed his mom,” explained plaintiff’s attorney Ron Danks. “We had hoped never to file it, but the circumstances of this case have dictated that we have.”

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation would not comment on the lawsuit. As for the investigation, they say they are still following leads.


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