Judge orders accused kidnapper to remain in jail


The man police say tried to kidnap a middle schooler, another teen and woman jogging will not be let out of jail. 

A judge ruled he’s a danger to society. 

Attorneys for James Carter say this all likely happened because he wasn’t taking his medication, but the judge still found the alleged crimes were too serious to let him go.

James Carter sat in court Tuesday with his head down. He’s accused of attacking two teenage girls and a woman in the Heights in a span of just days. 

Tuesday, prosecutors asked Judge Brett Loveless to keep Carter locked up until trial. 

Prosecutors rehashed the disturbing details of what Carter is accused of doing, including trying to kidnap a 14-year-old girl walking home from Eisenhower Middle School, attacking a 52-year-old jogger who maced him, and then a 17-year-old girl who was out for a run in the Heights. 

The prosecutor argued the details of the crimes are alarming enough to hold him, but Carter’s attorney says this was all due to medical issues stemming from a traumatic brain injury. 

Although his attorney did understand why the state wants to hold Carter, he says this spree of crimes is not enough to keep Carter locked up. He asked the judge to look at everything, including Carter’s past. 

However, Judge Loveless ultimately sided with the state. 

The state also argued Carter does have a criminal past, including a domestic incident involving his stepfather. Carter’s attorneys argued that should not have been considered in Tuesday’s hearing. 

Carter’s attorney says they have been working with the jail to get him on a long-term medication plan. 

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