Mitchell woman pleads not guilty to second-degree murder charge


A 21-year-old Mitchell woman entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea for a charge of second-degree murder on Tuesday at the Davison County Public Safety Center. The case stems from the death of a 5-year-old boy, who police say Julia Lee Carter admitted to kicking five times resulting in his death.

With attorneys Chris Nipe and Zachary Flood appointed to Carter, she faces a count of second-degree murder, punishable upon conviction with a mandatory life sentence in the state penintentary and up to a $50,000 fine. There are also alternative charges of first-degree manslaughter and first-degree manslaughter with parole, which are Class C felonies that are punishable upon conviction by up to a life sentence and a $50,000 fine.

She also faces a charge of aggravated assault, and an alternative charge of child abuse. Both are a Class 3 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

Judge Chris Giles approved the request of a private investigator, with a budget for $5,000.

A motions hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 8. The date for motions to be filed is 5 p.m. on Aug. 19. According to Giles, there is unlikely to be a jury trial until 2021. Her $100,000 cash bond remained.

What To Read Next
"If we show we are complacent with areas like this that clearly need addressing, we’re not improving as a city,” Mitchell Republic Editor Luke Hagen said during the city council meeting discussion.
Discussion will take place during the 6 p.m. meeting on Monday at City Hall
Lawmakers have said it is likely only one is affordable at this time without cutting programs or adding other taxes or revenue streams
Members Only
Although Mitchell's rates would be increase, the proposed equitable rate structure could lessen the increased costs for residential customers' water and sewer bills.