The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the conviction of a man found guilty in the 2008 beating death of his girlfriend’s 13-month-old daughter, Amora Bain Carson.
The child was beaten with a hammer, sexually assaulted, and bitten more than 20 times.
A Rusk County jury found Jesseca Carson guilty of capital murder in the December 2008 death of her 13-month-old daughter, Amora.
Carson’s boyfriend, Blaine Milam, is on death row
after his conviction for capital murder in the death, which Carson believed was an exorcism.
Labeled by prosecutors as a “monster” who deserves “the ultimate penalty,” convicted murderer Blaine Keith Milam was sentenced late Thursday night to die by lethal injection for his role in the beating death of his girlfriend’s daughter.
Milam, 20, was convicted of capital murder May 17 for killing 13-month-old Amora Carson, the daughter of his girlfriend, Jessica Carson.
Chronic use of methamphetamine by Blaine Keith Milam may have played a factor in his actions leading to the death of 13-month-old Amora Bain Carson, a psychology professor testified Monday.
During the sentencing phase of Milam’s capital murder trial, Paula Lundberg-Love, an expert in psychopharmacology and professor at the University of Texas at Tyler, explained the effects drug use has on the brain and behavior, including “believing there were demons and that demons were changing the facial structure of the child,” she said.
During Friday’s proceedings, the defense had Dr. Patricia Rosen, a toxicology expert, testify about the effects methamphetamines have on a person and to describe the levels found in Milam after he was taken into custody in 2008.
Dr. Rosen said a user of methamphetamine at the levels Milam had in his systems could experience hallucinations and other delusions.
After eight hours of deliberating, a six-man, six-woman jury returned a guilty verdict in the capital murder case against Blaine Milam
Milam and his girlfriend Jesseca Carson are accused of killing
her 13-month-old daughter Amora on Dec. 2, 2008 in their Rusk County home.
Postpartum psychosis with delusions, including demonic possession with the ability to talk to the dead, is how a psychiatrist described the mental health of Jesseca Carson when her 13-month-old daughter Amora was brutally beaten and strangled to death in December 2008.
The psychiatrist testified in Blaine Milam’s capital murder trial Wednesday in a Montgomery County courtroom as Milam’s defense team attempted to shift the blame of the death from their client to Ms. Carson.
Blaine Milam, 20, is facing the death penalty for the December 2008 beating death of 13-month-old Amora Bain Carson.
Milam and his fiancee, Jessica Carson, are charged with beating the toddler 20 times with a hammer while allegedly attempting to perform an exorcism on the little girl.
Jurors heard compelling evidence Monday from a bite expert who testified Blaine Milam could not be ruled out as the contributor of the majority of bite marks on 13-month-old Amora Carson.
Forensic odontologist Robert Williams testified his area of expertise has been used to identify serial killers, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and Branch Davidian victims when other methods failed.
Blaine Milam and Jesseca Carson stand accused of murdering her 13-month-old daughter, Amora, on Dec. 2, 2008, by beating the child to death
while performing what they claim was an exorcism to drive out demons from the toddler.
If convicted, both parties face the death penalty.
A forensic pathologist told a Montgomery County jury Wednesday there were too many injuries suffered by 13-month-old Amora Bain Carson
to give a definitive cause of death.
The doctor told jurors Amora had 18 breaks in her ribs and at least 24 human bite wounds covering her body.
Dr. Pinckard said it appeared she had been strangled as well as having suffered multiple skull fractures, brain injuries, a torn liver, her arms and legs had been twisted to the point of breaking, her retinas detached and internal injuries from apparently being sexually assaulted with an object authorities believe was a pipe wrench.
Detectives investigating the Dec. 2, 2008, death
of 13-month-old Amora Bain Carson
in Rusk County found a wrench under the home where she had been living hours after Blaine Keith Milam asked his sister to find and retrieve some evidence there, witnesses testified.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Milam, 20, if he is convicted of capital murder for Amora’s beating death.
Rusk County District Attorney Micheal Jimerson said on Dec, 2, 2008 13-month-old Amora Carson was robbed of her life and of her innocence. He apologized for what the jurors would have to endure during the trial.
He explained the murder was brutal, and the scene was one that gave law enforcement officials nightmares.
The affidavit alleges that after Blaine Milam killed the child, with the child’s mother Jessica Carson looking on.
Detectives said that Carson and Milam reportedly beat the child multiple times with a hammer and bit the child more than 30 times.
It was the worst crime scene anybody working the case had ever seen: the lifeless body of 13-month old Amora Bain Carson was found covered in blunt force trauma wounds and human bite marks, allegedly the victim of an attempted exorcism gone terribly wrong.
The child’s mother, Jessica Carson, 20, and Carson’s boyfriend, Blaine Keith Milam, also 20, both face capital murder charges and will be tried separately.
A couple who told authorities they were trying to rid a toddler of demonic possession
when she died, have been indicted for her murder.
The brutal murder included the child being beaten with a hammer, slammed into stationary objects and finally strangled.
An arrest affidavit states Milam performed an exorcism of the demons purportedly possessing their child.
The man charged with beating to death a toddler
during an “exorcism
” earlier this week in Rusk County was supposed to be behind bars at the time as part of a condition of probation for the second-degree felony criminal solicitation of a child.
Blaine Milam and 18-year-old Jesseca Carson are jailed on $2 million bonds for the beating death of her 13-month-old daughter Amora. Carson has told authorities Milam killed her daughter while performing an exorcism to “beat out the demons.” [video]
They claim they were trying to drive the demons out
of the 13-month-old, but law enforcement officers say the bottom line is a Rusk County couple bludgeoned the little girl to death with a hammer and other objects and bit her more than 20 times in the most grotesque murder the seasoned officers can remember.
Blaine Keith Milam, 19 and Jesseca Bain Carson, 18, both of Henderson, remain jailed on $2 million bonds each. They are charged with capital murder for the Tuesday morning death of Carson’s daughter Amora Bain Carson.