Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Carr Trial

    It took two days of testimony and almost four hours of deliberation, but an 89th District Court jury reached a verdict in the case of Jesse Paul Carr.
    The jury found Carr guilty of indecency with a child for touching himself in front of a three-year-old girl.
    Defense testimony got off to a rock start this morning.
    Judge Mark Price found Carr's mother in contempt of court for talking about the case with another witness the defense called later in today's proceedings.
    Price said he'd assess her punishment at a later date.
    Another key point of discussion today: forensics experts found Carr's DNA on two pairs of the three-year-old's underwear.
    Earlier today, the defendant himself took the witness stand.
    He said he had no idea why his DNA would have been on the girl's panties.
    Carr told jurors that in Sept. 2010, he was an overnight house guest at a home in the 100-block of Glencoe Circle.
    He says he was laying on a couch and watching pornography on his cell phone when he heard the three-year-old crying in the room.
    He says he got up to clean himself in the restroom, passed by the little girl, who he noticed was not wearing underwear, and the girl's mom saw him and got the wrong idea.
    Carr claimed the incident was a complete misunderstanding.
    During cross examination, lead prosecutor Starla Jones made the jury aware of an offense for which Carr was convicted when he was a teenager.
    In 2002, Carr admitted to touching another three-year-old girl.
    He told jurors he did so because he was curious.
    He received juvenile probation for the offense of injury to a child and was also ordered to sex offender treatment.
    The punishment phase of the trial starts at 10 tomorrow morning.

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