ADA — There was no question, according to Special Prosecutor Richard M. Wintory in closing remarks to the jury, “Debra Sue Carter was violently raped and murdered by one person, Glen Gore. Her body held the evidence.” Glen Gore is undergoing a retrial for the first degree murder of Debra Sue Carter, Dec. 8, 1982.

After a two hour delay Tuesday while attorneys argued in chambers over testimony to be heard by the jury, a rape victim testified about her ordeal at the hands of Ron Williamson in 1981. Testimony from OSBI agent, K.P. Larsh was read as evidence of Gore’s escape from the Lexington Correctional Facility in April 1999, after Gore was informed of DNA testing and the probable release of Williamson from prison.

Several witnesses in the retrial testified having seen Gore dance with Carter the night of her murder. One said she pushed him away apparently mad. Another said he followed her out to her car and she wasn’t happy about it. Another said Carter had told him she was afraid of Gore’s temper. Another said Carter wanted someone to spend the night with her, she was in a situation she wasn’t comfortable with. And yet another said Carter called her to come get her that night because someone was in her apartment she was uncomfortable with, but Carter called her back in a few minutes to tell her ‘nevermind’, leading the friend to believe the situation was under control.

Gore was sworn in without the presence of the jury as a formality to waive his right to testify in his own behalf by pleading the Fifth Amendment. Prosecution rested and defense offered no rebuttal. Closing remarks by the prosecution were heard by jurors after they were given instructions by the judge upon returning for the afternoon session.

Wintory told the jury in closing remarks, the bruising was evidence of force, the pattern that of someone holding Carter down to rape her. “He could not have made those bruises on her chest at the time the bottle was used on her from behind,” Wintory said in a barely audible voice.

Defense began its closing remarks, and the prosecution will have a final opportunity to convince the jury it made its case for Gore’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The jury is scheduled to begin its deliberations for a verdict this afternoon.

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