Discussion in 'Trials' started by Hucklepie, May 8, 2008.
This is the first part of a 6 part series from the Charlotte Observer.
Part two from Charlotte Observer
Death by the River- Search for her Killer
Part three from Charlotte Observer
Death by the River-A Break in the Case
Part 4 from the Charlotte Observer
Death on the River- They Got You!
Part 5 from Charlotte Observer
Death on the River- The Defense Mark Carver Never Got
Another article-If Carver is Innocent then how did Ira die?
Part 6 from the Charlotte Observer
Death on the River-Cold blooded Killer or Innocent Man?
The Charlotte Observer story was the first I had ever heard of this case. I read through it all and admit that I find myself a little conflicted, but certainly open to the possibility that Carver did not kill Irina.
One thing I would like to know is when the interview took place in which Carver visually references Irina's height (incorrectly, of course). I know the new attorney involved on his behalf states that the video shows Carver does this only after the detective prompts him and describes her as small, implying that Carver was intending to base his actions off of what the detective shared with him rather than his own knowledge – this seems plausible to me if the video does align with what I've read. But I think if the interview occurred well after her death, I'm also more willing to concede that Carver was possibly informed by photos he saw of her in the media coverage.
What does everyone else think? Also, has anyone followed the website devoted to Carver's supposed innocence? That site has some clarifications and rebuttals that they propose to some of the Observer article.
I am curious about the mixed dna and how reliable it is.I was hoping the articles would generate more discussion here at Websleuths.
I agree on both counts! I'm also interested in the unknown DNA that was found on one of the ligatures that did not match Carver nor Cassada.
Regardless, I think it's a shame that Carver effectively received no defense during the trial.
I'm wondering if the DNA mixtures that contained their DNA also contained the DNA of the officer who touched Carver's fishing license and ID.
I lived in the area when this murder happened. I was a member of that YMCA. The community was shocked and there was talk that the town police couldn't handle such a big case and that the evidence collected that day wasn't the best. That could just be gossip, but it is something that I had heard. It is a small, simple town. If she drove in front of the YMCA, and then took a right hand turn onto the road that goes through the neighborhood and down to the river, it seems like she was looking for the access to the river. I lived in this town for about 2 years before this and I didn't know there was an access to the river back there. I also know that the neighborhood she drove through (River's Edge) was under construction at the time and I remember seeing many various construction vehicles entering and leaving that neighborhood. It would be possible that she stopped to ask where the river access was, and was either followed or accompanied by the murderer, either from the YMCA or River's Edge. At the time of this case, I didn't know any of the specifics about the DNA.... that the samples taken from the car were these so called touch samples. I later moved and wasn't aware that this case was being reexamined.
I would also wonder what her conversations were like with her friends and family leading up to this. When she spoke of photographing the whitewater center, did she know where it was? How to get there? This a very different area, across the river where you don't see as many kayakers and the photo opportunities wouldn't be as good. Had she told anyone what her plans were for that exact day?
I cannot image the two men accused actually removing the film from her camera, removing fingerprints, and placing in her trunk. I don't think they were that savvy.
Is this new??
"20/20" tried to recreate the scenario at the Catawba River in which police said Carver should've heard something when Ira Yarmolenko died.
I also found this:
I would hope that as much as we sleuth crimes against victims here on Websleuths that we also look into cases of the wrongly accused and convicted.More members should be discussing this case.
I agree, cuffem!
I was unable to watch the 20/20 episode last night but here's a link to full episodes (watchable with verification)
Car was not swabbed right away with police and first responders all over the car,officers inspecting car without gloves.Secondary transfer touch dna.There is news video of officer touching the very spot without gloves.Terrible defense attorney,even the the trial judge has his doubts about the conviction.A witness who spoke to Carver for 30 minutes was never questioned by either side.The sound test,the questioning of Carver.Neither side questioned construction workers near the scene.The unknown male dna under Ira's nails.
It is scary to think you could be near a crime scene and because of a sloppy investigation by police and the defense,you could go to prison.NC has a history of wrongful convictions.
BBM Do you know the episode title of this program on 20/20? I'm also from this area and can tell you nobody I've ever talked to about this case thinks Mark Carver and his cousin are guilty. I really hope that Mark's new attorney gets the opportunity to bring this back to court.
Episode title appears to be: "The Mark Carver Case"
https://youtu.be/IJIqDKatc5Y might be the right link to a YouTube version. Otherwise it's called The Mark Carver Case with Elizabeth Vargas Dateline 2017.
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Just saw this on WRAL, Raleigh, NC: