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Update: Carson capital murder trial continues

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story courtesy of the Tyler Morning Telegraph
By KELLY GOOCH
Staff Writer

HENDERSON -- A paramedic testified this morning that Jesseca Carson acted like a normal concerned parent when he told her that her 13-month daughter was dead.

"She (was) like, ‘No, this is not right,'" the paramedic, David Donaldson, said.

The testimony was part of Ms. Carson's capital murder trial, which began Monday. She stands trial for the sexual assault and brutal beating death of her daughter Amora on Dec. 2, 2008.

Ms. Carson's boyfriend at the time, Blaine Milam, has already been convicted in the case and sits on death row.

Donaldson arrived at the scene, Milam's mother's trailer on County Road 2125, about 10:45 a.m. the day of the murder.

He said there was a lot of debris and trash outside the trailer and, once he entered, he saw Milam on his left and Ms. Carson, then 18, on the floor with Amora, who was lying at the entrance of the bedroom door.

"They were pretty much (expressing the need for) ‘Help,' (and) she was there going ‘My baby. What's going on? Help,'" he said.

Donaldson told jurors that Amora had a blue skin color and "looked like more of a doll." He said he touched her, but there was nothing he could do to help because it was obvious that she was dead.

When he told the couple that Amora was dead, he said they acted like normal grieving parents. He said Milam screamed, turned, punched something, sunk to the ground and cried.

Donaldson told jurors that Milam and Ms. Carson appeared to be genuine in their response.

He said he later stood with Ms. Carson, and she never stopped talking.

"She would say, ‘What kind of monster would do this to an infant …,'" he said. "She ended all of her statements with ‘What kind of monster could have done this' … She was just grieving and very upset."

Rusk County Sheriff's reserve deputy Amber Rogers, who was a criminal investigator in 2008, also testified this morning.

She said when she arrived at the crime scene, she saw Ms. Carson and Milam standing by a patrol car, talking about getting a cigarette. She later interviewed Ms. Carson.

During the interview, which was played for jurors, Ms. Carson said Amora was asleep in the home that morning, and she and Milam went to a nearby property within walking distance.

Ms. Carson said in the interview that they only planned to be on the property a couple minutes, but ended up staying between one and two hours.

When they returned to the residence, she said, Amora wasn't in her playpen. She was found in another part of the house, and Milam tried to give her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

"I feel like this is a dream," Ms. Carson said on the interview recording.

The trial resumes this afternoon in Judge Clay Gossett's court.

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