Man guilty of attempted capital murder

Published 10:27 pm Tuesday, February 4, 2020

A Virginia Beach man was found guilty of attempted capital murder and other charges during a daylong trial Monday.

Timothy Wayne Carr, 48, was charged in connection with an assault on a family member that took place in Suffolk last July.

On the night of July 3, Carr drove to the woman’s home on Holbrook Arch and parked around the corner from the house. He retrieved a ladder, pruning shears and gardening gloves from the shed and spied on the woman through her bedroom window. He then kicked in the back door and assaulted the woman for about an hour, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kara Webber. He punched her in the face, tossed her against a wall, drug her around by her hair, choked her and sexually assaulted her, leaving her with permanent injuries. The woman ultimately passed out on the floor.

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“He repeatedly told her she was going to die,” Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Marie Walls said.

One unique aspect of the case was introduced by Carr himself. He had a recorder in his pocket that he inadvertently activated while climbing up the ladder, and as a result, the entire incident was captured on audio. The audio was played during Monday’s trial.

“It was disturbing to everyone in the courtroom,” Walls said on Tuesday.

The victim testified in great detail, Walls said. The suspect also took the stand and said the devil made him do it, Walls said.

Circuit Court Judge L. Wayne Farmer handed down guilty verdicts on attempted capital murder, aggravated malicious wounding, shoot, stab, cut or wound, strangulation resulting in wounding or bodily injury, abduction with the intent to defile, sexual penetration with an object — force or mental incapacity, statutory burglary while armed and possession of burglary tools.

Carr will be sentenced May 22.