Venue Changed for Trial in Alleged Exorcism-Related Killing
HENDERSON — State District Judge Clay Gossett has signed an order to transfer venue of a murder case which rocked East Texas last year.
Gossett said he is attempting to locate a suitable county for the capital murder trial of Blaine Keith Milam, 20, and that jury selection is slated to begin in January.
Milam and Jessica Bain Carson, 18, are awaiting trial for the Dec. 2, death of Amora Bain Carson.
Officials have said Carson and Milam called 911 from a home at 13717 County Road 2125 shortly after 10:35 the morning of Dec. 2, and said the child was not breathing.
An arrest affidavit states Milam performed an exorcism of the demons purportedly possessing their child.
The affidavit continues to state after Milam killed the child with Carson looking on, the couple “drove to Henderson to pawn some items to pay for an exorcism.”
Officials said Milam and Carson told detectives they decided to hire a priest after the exorcism went badly.
However, there has been no information found of any clergy being called to the home.
Detectives said at the time Carson and Milam beat the child multiple times with a hammer then bit the child more than 30 times.
The indictments against the couple state the defendants also caused the child’s death by striking her against objects and by strangulation.
Police: Toddler’s Exorcism Turns Deadly
HENDERSON, Texas (CBS/ AP) It was the worst crime scene anybody working the case had ever seen. Authorities say it was Dec. 2, 2008, when 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.
The two were arrested after sheriff’s deputies say they responded to a 911 call and found Amora Carson beaten. “The mother later confessed that (her boyfriend) Milam killed the child,” sheriff’s Lt. Reynold Humber says, according to Tyler News-Journal.
“The child had been beaten so much we couldn’t tell how many times it was hit and then there were more than 20 bite marks on her body,” Humber told the The Tyler Morning Telegraph. “The bottom line regardless of any stories is that they killed that sweet little innocent child.”
Milam’s capital murder trial is scheduled to begin in January. […] Carson has also not yet been tried.
Both Milam and Carson remain jailed on $2 million bond.
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