Jason and Shelly Carter

Jason and his wife, Shelly Carter, are pictured speaking to their attorneys. The docu-series “Accused: Guilty or Innnocent?” that followed Jason Carter and his legal team as he faces charges of first-degree murder in his mother’s homicide. He was ultimately acquitted of the charges. The episodes air May 26 and June 2.

The case of Shirley Carter, a Marion County woman shot dead in her kitchen in 2015, will be profiled over two episodes of an A&E television series.

The docu-series “Accused: Guilty or Innocent?” profiles several different cases on the network A&E. The two-part episode entitled “Murdered His Mother or Falsely Accused?” airs on May 26 and June 2 on the network at 9 p.m. each night.

The series follows Jason Carter, who was charged by authorities for first-degree murder after he was found civilly liable for Shirley Carter’s death.

Jason Carter was acquitted of the first-degree murder charge by a jury in Council Bluffs in 2019. His focus has since turned to trying to get a new civil trial as well as suing investigators in federal court.

A camera crew was embedded with Jason Carter and his legal team in the run up to the criminal trial.

“I’m being accused of murdering my mom, by my dad, my sister and my brother,” Jason Carter says in the opening of the first episode.

The series shows interviews with Jason Carter and his attorney, as well as courtroom footage from the criminal trial and depositions of those involved.

The first episode begins eight weeks before the criminal trial, with Jason Carter walking his attorneys through the timeline of events the day he found his mother Shirley Carter dead in her Lacona home.

The episode then shifts to his 911 call, and how attorneys considered the best way to frame the call to the jury. Authorities heavily relied upon the 911 call, which was brief and occurred after Jason Carter had first called his sister who lived in Appanoose County.

In the episode, lawyers continue to sift through the couple’s finances, Jason Carter’s timeline that day and other parts about the case. They also unearth evidence before the trial that they said helped paint the picture that the law enforcement’s investigation into the murder was faulty.

The series differs from other true crime docu-series in that the show’s producers did not reach out to the prosecution or law enforcement during their filming. Instead, the show focuses exclusively on the perspective of Jason Carter.

Producers of the show said they search for cases that can help them illustrate what it’s like to be accused of a series crime, and they felt Jason Carter’s case fit within that goal. They followed Jason Carter and his legal team starting in January 2019 through the end of the trial in March 2019.

To watch the episodes about the Jason Carter case, viewers will need a cable, satellite or streaming subscription that includes A&E. The shows will be on A&E’s website as well but will require a subscription to view.

Kyle Ocker can be reached at kocker@dailyiowegian. He is a regional editor for the Oskaloosa Herald and Centerville Daily Iowegian. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

Kyle Ocker can be reached at kocker@dailyiowegian. He is a regional editor for the Oskaloosa Herald and Centerville Daily Iowegian. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

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Kyle Ocker is a Centerville native and award-winning multimedia journalist. Kyle is currently the first vice president of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and vice president of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

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