David Michael Carr

Carr murder trial set to begin Monday

Published 7:00am Saturday, June 14, 2014

More than three years after the beating death of a 3-year-old Millbrook girl, the man accused of killing her is scheduled to answer the murder charge.

David Michael Carr, 23, of Prattville was charged with the murder of Sarah Lowery, who was his then-girlfriend’s child.

Lowery died April 24, 2011, at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

An autopsy showed the little girl died from blunt force trauma that led to brain swelling.

The autopsy also indicated the girl had been beaten about her hips and legs.

“I know this case has been continued for various reasons, but we’re gearing up for it,” said Randall Houston, district attorney for the 19th judicial circuit. “We’ve got witnesses subpoenaed and ready to go.”

Carr’s attorneys previously filed for youthful offender status because the alleged incident occurred when Carr was 20 years old.

Circuit Court Judge Sibley Reynolds denied the request.

Millbrook police and paramedics were called to the 800 block of Deatsville Highway on April 22, 2011, regarding a child having a seizure.

Paramedics and police noted that the child had suffered a head injury and was later sent to Children’s Hospital.

Houston is hoping to get a conviction and a “substantial sentence.”

Houston said he would be pleased with a sentence just shy of 20 years.

A jury is expected to be struck on Monday. Testimony is expected to begin on Tuesday, Houston said.

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