Carla Hughes Trial Update: His Name Ain’t “Rover”

As expected, Hughes’ defense attorney Johnnie Walls offered up Keyon Pittman as the person who murdered Avis Banks.  The State called Pittman to testify.  After listening to his testimony, I just couldn’t get these Gangsta Pat lyrics out of my head:

Yeah, I’m gettin’ over,

You call me a dog,

But my name ain’t Rover.

There were some surprises and not-so-surprises in his testimony.  The not-so-surprise part was that he verified what everyone already knew: he’s a first-class scumbag.  According to his own testimony, his “playa” credentials at the time of Banks’ murder included: (1) he wasn’t just cheating on Banks with Hughes, but also a third woman; (2) when Pittman found out Banks had been murdered, he called Hughes and the other woman for “comfort;” (3) he had sex with Hughes in the same bed he shared with Banks; (4) he didn’t have any real feelings for Hughes, and “it was just sex;” and (5) despite this lack of feelings, he still led Hughes to believe she was “special.”  Yep.  Scumbag.

As to surprises, the following was brought out in Pittman’s testimony:

(1) Pittman had borrowed a pair of Hughes’ shoes prior to the murder.  Pittman claimed that he returned the shoes after only having them a day or so.  Obviously, since the victim’s blood was found on Carla Hughes’ shoes, the defense is attempting to show that the shoes were in Pittman’s possession (on his feet, by implication) at the time of the murder;

(2)  Pittman had a key to Hughes’ apartment, which would have given him access to Hughes’ handgun (the murder weapon); and

(3)  Pittman had gunshot residue (GSR) on his hands when tested by police the night of the murder.

All these are major points for the defense, but the positive GSR seems to be huge.  To have GSR on his hand, Pittman had to have either recently fired a gun, or touched a gun, causing GSR to be transferred.  That’s an important development.  Sounds like Johnnie Walls did a great job cross-examining Hughes.  Of course, it helps when the State’s star witness begins his testimony with “Woof Woof.”

Curt Crowley is a Jackson, Mississippi criminal defense attorney.

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6 responses to “Carla Hughes Trial Update: His Name Ain’t “Rover”

  1. I think Clarla made a big mistake! What did she see in Pittman!

  2. Pittman is guilty as hell. The GSR,the shoes,plus he had a key to Carla house giving him access to the gun….it’s common sense people…he did’nt want to be married and he did’nt want the baby

  3. I was also in a love triangle gone bad..My husband was a principal who slept with his teacher. I am also a teacher and the lady came over my house with a baseball bat. Women will do anything for these stupid ass men. Kill, fight, whatever…I also found out he was sleeping with another teacher at the school.

  4. I THINK SHE HAS LEARNED A GREAT LESSON- ALL DAWGS ARE NOT TO BE TRUSTED…AND NEVER GIVE A MAN A KEY TO YOUR HOME BECAUSE YOU ARE ONLY SETTING URSELF UP FOR FAILURE… HE DON’T LOVE KNOW ONE, NOT EVEN HIMSELF AND TO BE MARRIED NOW IS JUST TO SAVE FACES FOR HIM. TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE HE IS INNOCENT…..WHICH WE ALL KNOW HE IS NNNOOOOTTT!!!!!!

    • True!
      Besides if he slept with Carla Hughes in the same bed he shared with Avis Banks , he probaly was taking the 3rd woman to her apartment.
      The 3rd woman should be located and asked to testify.
      I wonder if his wife that he married a year later really know’s the dog she has ?

  5. What in the hell is going on in Missippissi? This man had her shoes and a key to her home, and they let him go. This poor dumb girl was set up big time by the cops and this thing they call a man. He killed this woman and his son. Someone needs to really get down in the the dirt to help this poor woman. even her family knows he did it.Wake up Mr. Policemen, you have the wrong person, and it will be proved. I pray for the Hughes and the Banks families, because no one is getting justice her. Come on Mr WALLS GET THIS MESS TAKEN CARE OF SOON.

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