Mother brings witness to court

Her son's testimony was wanted by police in connection with 2005 fatal shooting in city

May 08, 2007|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,Sun reporter

The mother of a long-missing witness in a Baltimore murder trial brought the man to court yesterday morning.

By yesterday afternoon, Pharaoh Carr - who ignored six notices to appear in court, even leaving the state at one point - was on the witness stand in the case of LeShawn Green.

Green is accused in a July 2005 East Baltimore pizza parlor shooting that left Jawan Lee, 16, dead and three other teenagers wounded.

Over several months, police recorded jailhouse conversations in which Green, 25, encouraged Carr, 22, not to come to court. Last week, Circuit Judge John C. Themelis used a new witness-intimidation statute to rule that Carr's recorded police interview could be played for a jury even if Carr himself was not there. In the interview, Carr says that Green told him he had shot up the pizza parlor.

Themelis said Green had forfeited his right to confront his accuser by saying Carr should keep "duckin' and dodgin'" court notices.

Patricia Carr, Pharaoh's mother, said she read an account Saturday in The Sun of the judge's ruling and decided to get her son to court.

She said she did not want the jury in Green's case to think he had intimidated Carr into not coming to court. (Green has been a friend of the Carr family since he was 9 years old, she said.)

Also, police told Patricia Carr that even after Green's trial, the warrant for Pharaoh Carr would remain open, meaning he would have to continue evading the police.

"This whole thing has been a nightmare," she said yesterday.

She said her other son, Eugene Carr, was killed two days before the pizza parlor shooting - which detectives and prosecutors believe could have been the motive for that crime.

She said she believed the death of her son - a 23-year-old who left behind two daughters - had been ignored. Police spokesman Matt Jablow said Eugene Carr's shooting death is "being thoroughly investigated, like all of our homicide cases."

But, Patricia Carr said, homicide detectives have made her family feel like criminals.

She said detectives raided her house several times, flying a helicopter overhead at one point, looking for Pharaoh Carr.

"He fled because we had no idea that the police would go to that extent for a witness," she said. "Does that sound like he is a witness or a suspect?"

She said she does not know where her son has been. She said he knows "that I cooperate with people" and figured she might turn him in. But after reading the newspaper article, she said, she got a message to her son, and the two came to court together.

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