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June 20, 2006

Jurors hear taped confession to Debra Sue Carter murder

ADA — Jurors heard Ricky Jo Simmons’ 1982 video taped rape and murder confession Monday, at the retrial of Glen Gore for first degree murder of Debra Sue Carter. Attorneys for Gore hope the confession will raise doubt of his guilt. Gore could receive a death sentence, if found guilty. 

Gore’s retrial was ordered by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals because appellate judges held the opinion he was denied a fair trial when defense was not allowed to present evidence of an alternate suspect.  The Simmons’ tape was not heard in the first trial, nor was the defense allowed to point a finger at Ron Williamson. The retrial is under way at Pontotoc County District Court with Judge Thomas Landrith presiding.

Believing he did something wrong, Simmons told investigators he was on acid and was mad at his brother the night Carter died. “I believe I did something out of anger,” he said one day after Carter’s murder.

Simmons said he rode and slept in Carter’s car that night. However, he didn’t think she knew he was in the backseat. He contradicted himself when he said she offered him a ride, but he thought her car was a tan 1977 Olds Cutlass or a maroon 1975 Camaro.  Simmons couldn’t say for sure if he stabbed her, but said he may have.

“I asked her if she believed in the Lord and she said ‘Yes’, and then I killed her,” he said. Simmons said he did not know if he strangled her with his bare hands or used a rope in her living room.  He said he heard a voice telling him to “Do it, do it.”

On the taped interview, the investigators said they did not believe Simmons killed Carter and offered to get him psychiatric help, to which he agreed.

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