Trial begins for son charged in mother’s stabbing death

Blair Carr (Photo: Virginia Beach Police)

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. (WAVY) — The trial for a man accused in the stabbing death of his mother in 2014 has began Tuesday in Virginia Beach.

Blair Carr was charged with murder after his 50-year-old mother, Rosetta Carr, was found suffering from stab wounds in March of 2014. She was pronounced dead at the scene after officers responded.

The trial for 25-year-old Blair Carr is expected to take three days.

Prosecutors say Carr called 911 from his cell phone and told the dispatcher he killed his mom Rosetta. Tuesday in court, the 911 call was played for the judge.

“I beat her and then I stabbed her,” Carr told the dispatcher.

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When police arrived they found Carr on his knees in the front yard. There was a note in his pocket. Prosecutors say Carr wrote in the note, because he was contemplating suicide. They say he added if he killed his mom he knew that would mean prison time, and that was more incentive to kill himself.

Carr told police he actually committed the crime two days earlier. He said his mom asked him to do some chores and they got into a fight. Prosecutors told the judge Carr then punched his mom. She tried to get away upstairs where he repeatedly hit her in the head with a lamp. He then choked her until she passed out.

Carr then went to grab several knives and stabbed his mom in the back 15 times. In court the judge saw a picture of a blade that was left sticking out of her back.

Prosecutors say in addition to the confessions to 911, and in the letter, he told the same story to detectives.

The defense is going to question his state of mind at the time of the murder. They say they will be asking for the judge to rule not guilty by reason of insanity. If the judge doesn’t rule that way, they are asking for the judge to drop the charge of 2nd degree murder, because of Carr’s mental state.

Carr was indicted with first-degree murder by a grand jury in September of 2014.

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