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Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 7:09 pm, Sat Nov 20, 2010.

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. Milam was living with Jessica Carson, Amora’s mother, when Amora died. Jessica Carson, also facing a capital murder charge, is being held in the Rusk County Jail on a $2 million bond.

Judge Clay Gossett, of the 4th state District Court in Rusk County, is presiding over the trial being held in the 284th District courtroom in Conroe. Gossett ordered the trial be moved because of publicity, and attorneys questioned hundreds of Montgomery County residents during jury selection.

The little girl died of blunt-force trauma, officials have said, and her body had 24 bite marks. Milam and Jessica Carson claimed they were performing an exorcism “to beat the demons out of the child,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The affidavit alleges that after Amora died, her mother and Milam “drove to Henderson to pawn some items to pay for an exorcism.”

A nurse in the Rusk County Jail testified Wednesday she was making her rounds Jan. 22, 2009, to dispense medications to inmates when she heard Milam call out.

“He hollered and said, ‘Miss Shirley, I’d like to see you,’” Deputy Shirley Broyles said. “I could tell he was upset; he didn’t sound like himself.”

Broyles said she wasn’t sure why Milam was so upset.

“He said, ‘I want to confess. I did it. The Blaine you know did not do this. My dad told me to be a man. I’ve been reading my Bible. Please tell Jessica I love her,’” Broyles testified.

Milam previously had been convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and is a registered sex offender, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s sex offender registry. He was supposed to be in jail at the time of Amora’s death as a condition of probation for that conviction.

However, authorities have said, Milam skipped out on a work-release program 48 days into the 180-day jail sentence.

Gossett repeatedly admonished the jury that Milam’s pretrial incarceration cannot be considered evidence of guilty. Each time he did, Conroe attorney Steven Jackson, who is working with the defense team, asked for a mistrial, which Gossett overruled.

Teresa Shea, Milam’s older sister, testified Milam called her at her home in Bloomington, Ind., the night before Amora’s death, and again the next morning.

“I was at Burger King getting breakfast,” she said. “He called me crying because he had found Amora dead. I said, ‘Have you called for help?’ He said, ‘No.’”

Law enforcement officials have testified the 9-1-1 call from Milam’s home about Amora’s death came in at 10:37 a.m. Dec. 2, 2008.

Shea traveled from Indiana and visited her brother in the Rusk County Jail Dec. 13, 2008. While prosecutors attempted to elicit testimony from her that her brother asked her to retrieve some evidence under his house, she denied it.

“I don’t remember him asking me to get it,” she said.

However, her aunt by marriage, Deanna Gray, testified that Shea told Gray and her daughter hours after Shea visited Milam in jail that Milam had asked her to go get something from under his house.

“She was needing to find a way to get out to the trailer,” Gray said. “Blaine had told her to go get some evidence out from under the house.”

Gray and her daughter looked at each other and Gray went into her house, she testified, where she called Rusk County Sheriff’s Detective Amber Rogers and told her to get to the trailer.

William Brown, an investigator with the Rusk County District Attorney’s Office, testified that he helped Rogers prepare a search warrant that same evening, and they went to Milam’s home.

Rogers went under the house, Brown testified, and came back out carrying a wrench.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Nancy Flake can be reached at nflake@hcnonline.com.

Welcome to the discussion.


  • dirtroadboy posted at 4:03 am on Thu, May 6, 2010.

    dirtroadboy Posts: 0

    These to have definitely crossed the line into the idiotic and the will pay for the transgressions they've committed whether in prison or in hell but Mr. Habib sodomizing that young man against his will would make you a sex offender as well, and that is kind of scary that you would see that as a viable punishment maybe that means you are 1 of the millions of Sex Offenders we don't know about that do live in and out of our communities, because if you people think that the only offenders are the ones that are regitered you are seriously mistaken! This young mother don't forget about her she's just as guilty but I guess it is easier to point at the evil we can see. She had knowledge of what was going on and followed through, a mother abandoned her child by watching it beat to death!! This is what happens(most of the time) when you have kids raising kids!!! Which seems to be a growing problem in this country, probably because evrything in this country is now tied to sex in some way or another, I really feel for these twos parents and what they will live with the rest of their lives losing children and grandchildren at the same time!!!

  • BossDogg posted at 5:20 pm on Wed, May 5, 2010.

    BossDogg Posts: 0

    I hope these two idiots are ready for 23 hour lock down in protective custody, because I will say coming to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a baby killer, it wont take long for someone to put out a hit on them!

  • ivyecullens posted at 8:56 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

    ivyecullens Posts: 2

    This is truly a devastating situation. As a mother of four, I can’t imagine how these parents could bring themselves to do what they did. How heart breaking for the families, the jurors, The County, The Nation to have individuals so selfish and heartless like this. People like Jessica & Blaine don’t deserve to have children. There are a lot of people out there who’s hearts are aching because they can’t have children. Amora could have had a fair shot at life if they would have done the responsible thing to start with. I don’t believe in the death penalty in most instances, but this is a case that I believe an eye for an eye is appropriate. The death penalty is to easy for what these two deserve. The hours that poor innocent child endured sends chills down my spine. I am afraid that what we do to them here on earth will have no intensity to what they are facing in their after lives. May God have mercy on their souls.

  • pprwrtr posted at 6:19 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

    pprwrtr Posts: 13513

    I believe that the baby's spirit left her body before she was murdered. I think God protects us this way and, at our death, our spirit (separates from our body) and, if we have any pain, it is minimal. If we don't die, we have to suffer pain until we get well because we are still in (attached to) our body. There's mercy here somewhere, even if we don't understand it. This is just so sick and almost impossible to imagine. What happened to these 'human beings' and why? I always look/delve/dig for answers to things, but haven't come up with many to this stuff. The only thing I know is that we don't understand a lot of things that God does or we would have God's understanding (we would be God). We have different kind of understanding mostly related to earthly/physical things and enough spiritual things for our own good and to make us question and dig for as many answers as we are supposed to have. This is for our own good. I pray that the family, friends, and jurors can get through this and keep their sanity.

  • Habib Marwan posted at 12:55 am on Wed, May 5, 2010.

    Habib Marwan Posts: 0

    IMO, the Texas death penalty is too lenient for these two.IMO, cases such as this one need an eye for an eye justice.IMO, the sex offender needs to be viciously sodomized for a prolonged period then repeatedly beat perhaps over the course of days until dead.Justice served & with smille at that.What possibly could a 13 month old have done to even think an exorcisim is needed? Perhaps, they misinterpreted the bible & they needed an exorcism themselves?

  • dd59 posted at 5:47 pm on Tue, May 4, 2010.

    dd59 Posts: 20

    somebody needs to beat the demons out of these 2 worthless pieces of #$%...............



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