From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals rejected the appeal late last month of a man convicted of murder in 2020.
Joseph Ryan Carter, 35, was convicted of the murder of Nathan Thomas on June 18, 2020. The Mobile County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted Carter. He was found guilty and sentenced to 28 years in prison.
According to eyewitness testimony, Carter — along with Thomas and the witness — were traveling to a casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Carter was reportedly agitated during the trip and pulled a gun.
Initially, the victim calmed Carter down, but later, when Carter stopped the vehicle to allow his passengers to use the bathroom, he shot Thomas. The surviving eyewitness was standing on the other side of the vehicle when she heard gunshots and saw the victim on the ground.
The eyewitness then fled the scene reportedly hearing more shots ring out.
Carter is currently imprisoned at the Fountain Correctional Center, a medium-security prison in Atmore.