Trial set for Port Townsend man charged with shooting at his mother

Man charged with first-degree DV assault with deadly weapon

PORT TOWNSEND — A five-day trial has been set for a Port Townsend man charged with first-degree domestic violence assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly firing at his mother.

Casey Scott Carter, 24, is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 7-10 and Oct. 14 in Jefferson County Superior Court.

Judge Keith Harper set the dates Friday as Carter appeared on video from the Jefferson County Jail, where he’s been held since June 28 in lieu of $250,000 bail.

A pretrial hearing last week was continued to Friday because defense attorney Sam Feinson had just taken the case.

Carter is charged with shooting at his mother from outside a vehicle after she ordered him out of the van when he held a .38 caliber handgun to his head, according to court records.

The Class A felony charge is punishable by up to life in prison and a fine up to $50,000.

Port Townsend police detectives said the bullet traveled through the back window of the van and the middle row of seats before it went through the driver’s seat and struck Carter’s mother in the shoulder.

The impact left a welt on the woman’s shoulder but did not penetrate the skin, according to the police report.

Feinson said there likely will be an expert witness to testify on ballistics. The court already has appointed an investigator, he said.

Jefferson County deputy prosecuting attorney Julie St. Marie said the state may have as many as nine witnesses.

The trial was pushed to early October because St. Marie will be out of town for the first three weeks of September.

“Mr. Carter is not objecting to a continuance but is not waiving his right to a speedy trial,” Feinson said.

Police detectives located broken glass at 14th Street and Discovery Road that matched the woman’s van, according to the probable cause statement. Detectives also confirmed the trajectory of the bullet.

Two .38 caliber rounds fell out of Carter’s backpack when police detained him, according to court records.

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Jefferson County Managing Editor Brian McLean can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 6, or at bmclean@peninsuladailynews.com.

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