legal case timeline

legal case timeline

2008
March 5 2008

911 call comes in

911 call comes in

"There's a body layin' there..."

December 12 2008

Arrest of two fisherman…

Arrest of two fisherman…

Neil Cassada (left) Mark Carver (right) Arrested  

2010
October 10 2010

Neal Cassada Dies….

Neal Cassada Dies….

the day before his trial; the stress of the trial gets him... daughter, Amy (left), wife (right)...  

2011
March 14 2011

Mark Carver Goes to Trial

Mark Carver Goes to Trial

defense attorney Ratchford (left), D.A. Locke Bell (right)...

March 18 2011

Carver Convicted 1st Degree Murder…

Carver Convicted 1st Degree Murder…

by a jury of his peers; his DNA found on Ira's car...  

November 16 2011

Carver Appeals Conviction

Carver Appeals Conviction

NC Court of Appeals...

2012
June 5 2012

Carver’s Appeal unsuccessful…

Carver’s Appeal unsuccessful…

Appellate court rules “no error” in the Trial Court…

July 10 2012

Carver Appeals to the Supreme Court…

Carver Appeals to the Supreme Court…

challenging Appellate Court ruling…

2013
January 25 2013

North Carolina Supreme Court…

North Carolina Supreme Court…

affirms the Appeallate Court’s ruling; Carver’s conviction stands…

2015
January 7 2015

NCCAI takes on Carver’s case…

NCCAI takes on Carver’s case…

has an innocent man been convicted for a crime he didn’t commit? Chris Mumma, executive director of NCCAI thinks so, and takes on Carver’s case…

2016
December 8 2016

NCCAI files Innocence Motion…

NCCAI files Innocence Motion…

was the DNA properly tested? Did Carver get a fair trial? That is the essence of the filed motion…

2017
January 9 2017

In response, Court grants evidentiary hearing…

In response, Court grants evidentiary hearing…

to review the initial DNA testing methods, and consider the overrall fairness of the original trial…

2019
June 10 2019

Court Grants Carver a New Trial…

Court Grants Carver a New Trial…

Carver’s original first-degree murder charge is “set-aside”, and Carver is granted a new trial based on his Innocence claims…

November 25 2019

D.A. Appeals the Court’s ruling…

D.A. Appeals the Court’s ruling…

District Attorney appeals the Court’s ruling; claims Carver got a fair trial, and the DNA results are valid…

2021
April 20 2021

Appellate Court Dismisses D.A.’s Appeal…

Appellate Court Dismisses D.A.’s Appeal…

Court finds that it does not have jurisdiction to hear the Appeal…Carver gets his “New Trial”…

May 10 2021
October 27 2021

North Carolina Supreme Court decision…

North Carolina Supreme Court decision…

agrees with the Appellate Court’s ruling…Carver’s right to a “New Trial” stands.

2022
March 5 2022

D.A. Testing DNA again…

D.A. Testing DNA again…

DNA is currently being re-tested in anticipation of re-trying Carver for 1st Degree murder…

July 21 2022

What happens next?

What happens next?

The Ira Yarmolenko Story…  

August 15 2022

D.A. dismisses the charges against Carver…

as it was determined there was not enough DNA left to re-test.