December 21, 2014

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Lorain murder suspect seeks work privileges

Anna Carter appears with attorney Mike Duff in court Thursday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Anna Carter appears with attorney Mike Duff in court Thursday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Accused killer Anna Carter has been granted permission to travel to Westlake to apply for a job and possibly work at a nursing home there.

Defense attorney Mike Duff said his client, a state-tested nursing assistant, would work in the nursing home’s kitchen and as an STNA if she were to get the job.

Carter, 30, is accused of stabbing her boyfriend, 40-year-old Jerome Phillips Jr., once in the chest Aug. 11. She called 911 to report that he was drunk and vomiting and while she mentioned he was bleeding under his arm, she didn’t tell a dispatcher how the injury occurred.

LifeCare paramedics took 15 minutes to arrive at the scene, a response company officials acknowledged was too long and prompted discipline for the paramedics involved.

Carter was freed from jail in August after she posted 10 percent of the $100,000 bond set in Lorain Municipal Court. She was originally required to wear a GPS tracking device and was barred from leaving Lorain County.

But Duff said his client needs to work in order to fund her legal defense, including hiring experts, and that she has a good chance of landing the nursing home job.

Assistant County Prosecutor Tony Cillo, however, objected to allowing her to leave the county to work, saying Carter is already out on bond and that is enough for a murder suspect.

“She’s already received enough by the court with regard to her freedom,” Cillo said.

Duff said Carter has had no problems while she’s been free on bond and that she has yet to be indicted.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Miraldi said he agreed with Duff’s argument that Carter should be allowed to work.

“Taxpayers would be better off if she’s working,” he said.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.

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