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Man’s trial in mother’s slaying moving out of Marion County

July 10, 2018

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a man accused of killing his mother will be moved out of Marion County in south-central Iowa.

On Monday a judge granted a motion filed by 45-year-old Jason Carter that said he couldn’t get a fair trial because of publicity surrounding the case. The new trial location has yet to be selected.

In December Carter was charged with first-degree murder, accused of fatally shooting 68-year-old Shirley Carter in June 2015 in the kitchen of her rural home. The charges were filed two days after a jury found him civilly liable. The jury ordered him to pay $10 million to his mother’s estate.

Bill Carter had sued his son for wrongful death. The elder man said his son was financially strapped and killed Shirley Carter to gain access to his parents’ $10 million in assets. Jason Carter has denied that.