Emilia Carr's Mother Speaks Out
Tuesday, Emilia Carr was convicted of killing Heather Strong in February, 2009. Thursday marked the second day of the penalty hearing. But jurors have not yet begun to deliberate whether or not Emilia Carr should be sentenced to death or life in prison.
The defense placed Carr's family members on the stand. Throughout the day testimonies spoke of a tragic family past, marred by sexual abuse.
Emilia Carr was allegedly molested by her father and grandfather since the age of four.
A psychologist testified that Emilia Carr does not have personality or cognitive disorders, but did demonstrate symptoms of post-traumatic-stress. She also stated Carr had an above-average I.Q. of 125.
After the hearing, Carr's mother, Maria Zayas, spoke to TV20 while showing pictures of a much younger Emilia Carr, her middle child. Zayas extended condolences to Heather Strong's mother. "I am so sorry for what happened to her daughter," she said. "I feel sorry for her loss, and feel sorry for mine."
The past couple of days have been "very tough" for Zayas, who also questioned fate.
"From mother to mother, that could have been my daughter," she said.
The jury will reconvene Friday at 8:30 a.m.
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