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Jacksonville Fugitive Case to be Revisited in Television Special


Jacksonville Fugitive Case to be Revisited in Television Special
The Search for Pinkney Carter

1/22/13

A quiet neighborhood. A violent triple homicide. And no eyewitnesses. That’s what detectives faced when they responded to a Jacksonville crime scene in the summer of 2002, and the case that turned into an international fugitive investigation will soon be the subject of a cable television documentary.

Within hours of the murder, investigators from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office had focused their attention on Pinkney W. “Chip” Carter, the estranged boyfriend of one of the victims, Elizabeth Reed. People who knew them said their tumultuous relationship had turned sour, and Carter had begun stalking Reed and her new boyfriend, Glenn Pafford.

Now Pafford, Reed, and her 16-year-old daughter were dead, and Carter was nowhere to be found. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office turned to the FBI for assistance, and Special Agent Eric Pulwicz got the case. Detectives had tracked Carter’s movements through his ATM withdrawals, and all the signs were pointing toward Mexico. Later that fall, the investigators learned that Carter had been arrested by Mexican authorities for trying to enter the country with a firearm, but before Florida prosecutors had filed charges, the Mexicans released Carter after he posted $1,000 bail.

The FBI’s efforts to enlist the assistance of the Mexican government were complicated by Mexico’s policy of not extraditing criminals who could face the death penalty. Still, Special Agent Pulwicz made sure that Carter’s information was entered into the national crime databases and disseminated to police departments around the U.S.

Those steps paid dividends when, in early 2004, a Kentucky State Trooper saw Carter’s picture on an FBI wanted poster and recognized him as someone he had encountered days earlier. FBI agents in Kentucky teamed up with local police, formulated a surveillance plan, and arrested Carter several days later.

Carter was extradited back to Jacksonville, where he stood trial and was convicted on three counts of homicide. He now sits on death row in a Florida prison.