Carla Hughes' Murder Trial Delayed un...

Carla Hughes' Murder Trial Delayed until Summer

There are 343 comments on the WLBT-TV Jackson story from Jan 9, 2008, titled Carla Hughes' Murder Trial Delayed until Summer. In it, WLBT-TV Jackson reports that:

“Any time you seek the death penalty, that case is going to be subject to heightened scrutiny by the appeals court”

Canton 01/07/08 Carla Hughes' Murder Trial Delayed until Summer The trial of the former teacher accused of murdering a pregnant Ridgeland woman won't start until this summer. via WLBT-TV Jackson

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Since: Oct 09

Decatur, GA

#310 Oct 15, 2009
Just Me wrote:
I don't love anyone enough to break the law. But other people may feel differently. The point I was trying to make is that Carla could very well have felt as though she was in love with Keyon within the short time she had known him before the murder took place.
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Okay, thats a fair answer. I will miss conversing with you guys.

You really took it to the Dr. I stand grounded on the fact that its NOT hard to be respectful to other, I was trying not expose the DR. Thanks so MUCH, about to go to McDonald's lol

Since: Oct 09

Decatur, GA

#311 Oct 15, 2009
great i n VA wrote:
Xavier--your wife sounds like my husband! He says the same thing. I work in counseling at a Mental Health facility and it's what I do as well as Who I am. It is the CALL on my life and I accept all appointments from God (reluctantly at times---
(smile :-). We need to encourage each other no matter what area in the world we live. What is evident on this blog site is that there are a great number of us who believe we are SANE and would never do what Carla has been found guilty in a court of law (whether we believe it or not) of doing, however, we are not fighting against flesh for those of you who are believers. Principalities (the enemy), the "predator" only wants to kill, steal and destroy. Not to make people shrug and state this is not the forum for spiritual revelation, I just feel only God and a personal relationship with Him or your higher power will keep us from doing such an awful thing. Even as we post uplifting words to each other let us be mindful that the enemy is setting the stage for his next attack. I do, unconditionally, love you all and pray God's blessings over your family and bless your endeavor to complete school and continue to be the lovingly husband you "appear" to be in these posts.
Wow thank you so MUCH, Gog Bless.
CAS

Norfolk, VA

#312 Oct 15, 2009
Just Me wrote:
Really, you can't say how long it takes a person to be head over heels about someone. In the first 90 days that I met my husband, I knew he was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. We've been together 8 years now, married for 7 years, he has taken my son from a previous relationship as his own and takes care of him..in his eyes, my son is his because his biological father is absent. He has been with my son since he was a year old, and he is now 9. We also have a little girl together who is 15 months.
So you may think it's hard to fall in love with someone deeply within 90 days, but it depends on the person really. I knew for a fact I was in love with my husband within that time frame. We were together six months when he asked me to marry him. So it is very possible.
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Yes really. I am not arguing that someone cannot become attached to someone in 90 days. What I am saying has nothing to do with your relationship. I am speaking about this case. How can someone commit murder after only knowing someone for 90 days, 10 years for that matter? Only a very weak minded person could do something like this. I also believe, and this is just my opinion, that if you look into her biological parents background there might be some type of mental illness.

Since: Oct 09

Decatur, GA

#313 Oct 15, 2009
Mercedes might be mental wrote:
...seriously. That nice young man simply attempted to debate the merits of the case. The point he made originally was made with respect. No one cares how much education you have. Like Nina Simone said, "...ain't nothing worse than an educated fool".
The point of debating and exchanging on blogs is not to "win". I don't doubt that a black woman could have two advanced degrees. I worked for mine and I see black women working hard for/ with prestigious degrees on a regular. Please don't play the race card in here.
Respectfully and honestly talk about the case.
And thanks Xavier. You laid out the case and made me feel bad for doubting Carla's innocence.


Thank you, and you are so right its no need to play the race card, because its not about race its about being DISRESPECTFUL to other for no reason. Instead of playing the race card just learn to be respectful to other.

The saddest thing is there was so much WE could have shared with each other, had we not gotten side track into OUR ego's. I truly appreciate those of you shared with me, I'm truly a better father, husband, and more equipped to parent DAUGHTERS in today world.

See there's a "BLESSING" in everything.
Jania

Memphis, TN

#314 Oct 15, 2009
When Carla did not take the stand...that sealed it for me. I think she was just hoping for LIFE....
Tragic...I work with young high school age women...Some of them are off the chain-can't take some of them ANYWHERE because they start fights with perfect strangers...LAWD HAM MERCY!!!! Chill young ladies! Do not fight another woman for a man-he's proabbly not yours anyway, if you act like that.
mmm

United States

#315 Oct 15, 2009
Is this sentencing today? What was her sentence? Does anyone know? Thanks. ;)
mssonya

Houston, TX

#316 Oct 15, 2009
I have been following this case I do not know Carla personally I Live in Houston Tx, but my heart go out to her and her family, that Keyon guy is terrible...his ass left town and was given a new life and Carla's life will be spent behind bars this is a horrible situation and I am praying for her sanity. only GOD can be her strenghth!!!!
mssonya

Houston, TX

#317 Oct 15, 2009
she was sentenced to 2 life sentences without the possibility of parole....
mmm

United States

#318 Oct 15, 2009
Are you people kidding me? The fact that her name is even involved in this proves some extent of guilt, so all the praises posted for her can be taken elsewhere. Friends, family, or whatever you may be to her, when someone is WRONG, they are WRONG. While I agree that the man in this is guilty of alot himself, including seeing two women, have we forgotten what kind of world we live in? ALOT of men have more that one female that they are involved with, and while that is WRONG, it does not permit MURDER. So before you go defending her, let's keep in mind that she took the life of a woman and an unborn child, or that she was (at the very least) involved in the pre-meditation and arrangement of taking the life of a woman and her unborn child. I don't care what kind of "saint" YOU may see her as, what she was involved in was against the law and downright CRUEL, and she deserves to have to spend the rest her life in prison reflecting upon the actions she let JEALOUSY drive her to. IF it would have ended differently, and she would have been set free today, how do you know that she may not start sleeping with YOUR DAUGHTER'S (or mothers, aunts, best friends) man next and they would have, too, had been murdered by her and her jealous ways? God bless the Banks' family.
Debbie

Chicago, IL

#319 Oct 15, 2009
I watched the trial also, and I felt bad for Carla Hughes and the way she has ruined her life. She may be book-smart, but deep down inside she must suffer from some very grave emotional problems for her to snap like that. It takes a certain type of human being to be able to watch a person bleed and suffer while you butcher them. She is truly a mental case, and, if there is any doubt that she is innocent, if she TRULY WAS, she would have gotten on that stand and talked to that jury and let the TRUTH set her free! I KNOW I would have - but she only made herself look even more guiltier when she would not testify in her own defense.

Also, Carla Hughes may have come from a good family but she was a time-bomb getting ready to explode. She was born with the instinct within her to murder, and if it had not have been poor Avis, it eventually would have been someone else. Along with those degrees she got in educating herself, she should have been seeing a mental health counselor.
watching in milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

#320 Oct 15, 2009
Lovely wrote:
Let's say Carla did this...was the act done by herself? Is this normal? No. I don't know either of the two, this case was just interesting to me. There was no real evidence, so how can we send a possible innocent woman to jail with very little evidence? Do we do this just to say someone paid for Ms. Avis's death?
That's mississippi for you, so far behind in the time.
Jaxbeachie

United States

#321 Oct 15, 2009
I watched the highlights of the penalty phase of the trial on Court TV today (I only call it True TV when they switch over to the reality shows after 3pm) and again I was just saddened how someone with so many accomplishments in her life just threw it all away for nothing.

While I have always felt that she was guilty, I never thought that Ms. Hughes was a bad person. I feel that she allowed her emotions to get the best of her and it led her to make some horrible choices that ultimately ruined not only her life but that of her family, her son, and the Banks family.

I can't judge her because I know that I've been in some messed up relationships and if it wasn't for the grace of God, I could have snapped and did the same or worse. It was a blessing that the Banks family and the jury showed some mercy towards Carla and gave her life in prison.

All in all, this was a situation that could have been avoided if Carla and Mr. Pittman had showed some maturity, restraint, and respect from the beginning.
The Battle

New Orleans, LA

#322 Oct 16, 2009
Tammy wrote:
My God! Are they teaching grammar in schools in MS? Everyone single one of these comments is wrought with grammatical errors. What's worse...is that these misstatements and improper syntax is common for MS bloggers. Please people, I implore you to use spell-check and look over your comments before you post them. You all are giving us a bad name.
yes, there are very good grammar teacher in Mississippi. We are not typing for an english class ok. We are focusing more os the case; however, when it's time to put grammar in effect, we know how to use it! Thank you.
shortsm

Jackson, MS

#323 Oct 16, 2009
Since you know her from before all this happened, it came out in the sentencing hearing from her mom that she was engaged to be married once before only to have the wedding called of by her fiance' right before the wedding was suppose to occur. What happened there? who was this guy who broke her heart?? Maybe that was the beginning of this spiral down. I think if you get to the root of what happened in that situation could shed some light on this whole thing. The mom said "Anthony called it off" I say find this Anthony guy and find some answers!!
terrence wrote:
i am from greenville, ms and know carla very well. i have been over her house, attended mercy seat baptist church with her. she was always like a little sister to me. i know her mother, linda and father very well. everyone is right about the love her parents showed her. they directed her down the right path when she was in high school. the old carla i knew wouldn't hurt a fly. however, when she left for college she changed. she got pregnant and the rest is history. GOD bless the Banks family and mercy on Carla's soul. another thing, brandon dorsey and jonnny wall your defense team? wtf. she should have taken the stand. her lawyers should have asked for a mistrail when the juror asked the judge that stupid question during deliberations.
jean c

Buena Park, CA

#324 Oct 16, 2009
I can't get the loaded gun out of my head...also the location of the knife never came up.

gee she(carla) was so young...I believe that she did it...sorry

Avis, was also very vedry young and did not deserve any of this.
T Mckenzie

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#325 Oct 16, 2009
I'm not from Mississippi and I don't know Carla but seeing her on court tv made me grieve for her little boy and her mother and father. Thank God for forgiving people like the Banks family because they could be filled with hatred losing their child and grandchild. They are an example to what the bible teaches us about forgiveness. If Carla Hughes did not commit this crime we must all pray that she will be exonerated one day because her being imprisoned won't bring Avis Banks back, God rest her soul. Our God doesn't make any mistakes and I hope this can be an example to all woman that no man is worth killing another for. My heart goes out to both families and to Carla, may she find the strenghth to endure this painful Journey and make the best of what could be her life in prison. Everyone please stop being so judgemental because we all are one second away from a situation changing our lives in the same way. May God continue to have mercy on us all.
Jmizzy

Oklahoma City, OK

#326 Oct 17, 2009
If you dig deep enough and do some research, you will find little gems of info about this case that were not allowed because they may have been hearsay or for other legal reasons. Avis knew about Carla, and she did confront Carla TWICE. It is the job of a defense lawyer to try and take the focus off of any evidence which pinpoints his/her client. Good lawyers make tons of money by doing this. OJ's lawyers were masterful at doing this. Carla's lawyers tried to point everything at Keyon, but 2 large elephants never left the room, so to speak. The 1st elephant was the target practice statement? That statement, without anything to substantiate it, is enough to convict her alone. The 2nd elephant was the family member who said that he asked Carla if the gun would be linked to a murder, and she never said no. Not the answer of an innocent person.
Sitting at a distance watching, having no connection to the state of MS, Carla, or the Banks' family, I can honestly say that I believe a guilty woman was convicted.
I watched the trial,focusing on Carla, and I saw a guilty woman who when the verdict was read, was stunned when she realized that her sin had caught up with her. I promise you that she sat in the county jail for 3 yrs believing that she would beat the charge. She felt like her background would save her, as it had before. Her last chance to save herself was to take the stand. Her presumption of innocence was lost during the trial. Carla's lawyers had to know that their client was looking bad once the prosecution presented their case. They had to know that the evidence which they NEVER refuted, was going to be on the jurors minds( 2 large elephants referenced earlier). The only thing that would have eliminated the damage would have been Carla taking the stand, and explaining the target practice alibi, and the conversation with her uncle.
She had no record, no previous arrests, and no bad history on jobs, in school, etc. She was highly educated, attractive, and very easy to have compassion on. She would have been a great witness on behalf of herself! The defense didn't put her on the stand because Carla couldn't explain the 2 large elephants which inevitably convicted her.
In the name of Jesus I pray for the Banks family! I pray that the peace which was violently snatched from them will be restored in due time. As a father who had my 17 yr old son violently murdered, I feel their pain. They have gone far in their healing process by having a heart full of forgiveness and mercy. GOD bless the Banks' family.
In the name of Jesus I pray for Carla and the Hughes family! Reality will set in for them once the show ends. In a few yrs there will be other high profile cases in MS, and Carla Hughes will be forgotten by all of the people who have been entranced by this trial.I pray that she has or will truly seek reconciliation with GOD for whatever wrong she has comitted. The trial is over, and the time to be an actress has ended. I hope that she humbles herself, and as she serves her time, I pray that she seeks out a closer walk with the Lord. May GOD have mercy on her soul.
Nosey

Kemblesville, PA

#327 Oct 17, 2009
Jaxbeachie wrote:
I watched the highlights of the penalty phase of the trial on Court TV today (I only call it True TV when they switch over to the reality shows after 3pm) and again I was just saddened how someone with so many accomplishments in her life just threw it all away for nothing.
While I have always felt that she was guilty, I never thought that Ms. Hughes was a bad person. I feel that she allowed her emotions to get the best of her and it led her to make some horrible choices that ultimately ruined not only her life but that of her family, her son, and the Banks family.
I can't judge her because I know that I've been in some messed up relationships and if it wasn't for the grace of God, I could have snapped and did the same or worse. It was a blessing that the Banks family and the jury showed some mercy towards Carla and gave her life in prison.
All in all, this was a situation that could have been avoided if Carla and Mr. Pittman had showed some maturity, restraint, and respect from the beginning.
Well said. Finally!
Just Me

Collierville, TN

#328 Oct 18, 2009
The "how" is very obvious, so that shouldn't even be a question, but that's just my opinion as well. Wow, thanks for the enlightenment that this has nothing to do with MY marriage. I wasn't aware. Seriously, my point was that someone can become very attached to anyone in the 90 days that you feel as though is not possible. How Carla could have done this is obvious by the evidence against her. YOU may not feel as though this is possible, but the obvious is that it IS VERY possible because, as you can see in this case, IT HAPPENED. My reason for bringing up MY MARRIAGE in comparison was simply to state that a person can fall in love with someone in that short amount of time. What that person will do in order to keep that person is another arguement all together.

If you don't like someone using comparisons, or disagreeing with you on something that YOU feel is not possible, keep your opinions to yourself and then no one will disagree with you. Be rude, and you'll get the same tone back. I really don't take too kindly to someone trying to speak down to me. I have too much sense to ever allow that.

You have a good now, you hear?
CAS wrote:
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Yes really. I am not arguing that someone cannot become attached to someone in 90 days. What I am saying has nothing to do with your relationship. I am speaking about this case. How can someone commit murder after only knowing someone for 90 days, 10 years for that matter? Only a very weak minded person could do something like this. I also believe, and this is just my opinion, that if you look into her biological parents background there might be some type of mental illness.
CAS

Norfolk, VA

#329 Oct 20, 2009
You're the one who is condescending. Look at most of your blog entries and I don't care if you disagree with my responses and I honestly don't give a damn about your marriage. Your marriage is no comparison to this case. End of story!
What do you mean by this response?

"You have a good now, you hear?"
Just Me wrote:
The "how" is very obvious, so that shouldn't even be a question, but that's just my opinion as well. Wow, thanks for the enlightenment that this has nothing to do with MY marriage. I wasn't aware. Seriously, my point was that someone can become very attached to anyone in the 90 days that you feel as though is not possible. How Carla could have done this is obvious by the evidence against her. YOU may not feel as though this is possible, but the obvious is that it IS VERY possible because, as you can see in this case, IT HAPPENED. My reason for bringing up MY MARRIAGE in comparison was simply to state that a person can fall in love with someone in that short amount of time. What that person will do in order to keep that person is another arguement all together.
If you don't like someone using comparisons, or disagreeing with you on something that YOU feel is not possible, keep your opinions to yourself and then no one will disagree with you. Be rude, and you'll get the same tone back. I really don't take too kindly to someone trying to speak down to me. I have too much sense to ever allow that.
You have a good now, you hear?
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