Man accused of kidnapping women to undergo psychiatric evaluation


The man accused of trying to kidnap two women and a 14-year-old girl is trying to get out of spending anytime in prison if he were to be convicted.
James Carter, 25, is facing three counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated battery, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

Back in March, Albuquerque police said they connected the 25-year-old to a string of attempted kidnappings in the Northeast Heights.

Two of the women were jogging in the Foothills area, and according to police, his third victim was a 14-year-old girl.

APD said the teen was walking home from school when Carter came from behind, strangled her and tried dragging her into his car. Witnesses told police Carter got spooked and took off, but not before they took a snapshot of his car.

Last month, KRQE News 13 learned that Carter filed a “notice” with the courts to change his plea from “not guilty” to “not guilty by reason of insanity at the time of the commission of an offense.”

The notice also states there was also “absence of specific intent to commit the charged offenses.”

Carter is still behind bars. The District Attorney’s office said now that Carter wants to claim insanity at the time of the alleged crime, he will have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

A DA’s spokesperson said this essentially puts the entire case “on-hold.” It can take months for all the evaluations to be completed and the case to resume.

The DA’s office said if Carter is found competent to stand trial, he faces up to 68 years in prison if he is convicted on all charges.

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