Posted on March 28, 2014, Phil Hornshaw Trial for League of Legends Player Justin Carter Scheduled for June
League of Legends player Justin Carter is scheduled to go to trial in June for the charge of issuing a “terroristic threat” on Facebook.
Carter, 19, of New Braunfels, Texas, was an aspiring professional gamer and was arrested in February 2013 for allegedly threatening to “shoot up a kindergarten” on Facebook. According to Carter’s attorney, Donald Flanary, the remark was a “sarcastic and satirical” response to someone else in the Facebook thread reportedly calling Carter “effing crazy.” A Canadian woman took a screen capture of the conversation and sent it to a crime tip service in that country, which later led to police in Texas arresting Carter, who previously had lived relatively close to an elementary school. Carter was 18 at the time he allegedly made the threat. Read GameFront’s rundown of the entire case here.
A jury trial for Carter will take place on June 23, according to Comal County, Texas, court schedule documents.
According to a February report from the Austin Chronicle, Flanary has been continuing to work on writ of habeas corpus motions related to Carter’s arrest and his internment at the Comal County jail. It appears those motions have been denied, however, based on the creation of a trial date. The report also states that Carter rejected plea deals that would have resulted in sentences of 10 and eight years in prison.
Carter made bail on July 11, 2013, after an anonymous benefactor paid his $500,000 bond, an amount Flanary at the time told GameFront is excessive.
“The normal bail for someone facing murder charges, facing life in prison, it’s generally $100,000,” Flanary said. “This is a third degree felony… Most of the time those bonds are around $10,000.” Carter faces a possible prison term of two to 10 years if convicted, and fines of up to $100,000.
At the time, Carter had been in jail for almost four months, where he reportedly had been beaten by other prisoners and allegedly left in solitary confinement.
GameFront has reached out to Carter’s attorneys and to the Comal County District Attorney, and will update this story as more details become available.