Lufkin man pleads guilty to 2007 Etoile murders

Carl Carver mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Carl Carver mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - BEAUMONT, Texas (Press release) – A 44-year-old Lufkin, Texas, man pleaded guilty today to charges related to a double homicide which took place in Nacogdoches in August 2007, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney John M. Bales for the Eastern District of Texas.

Carl Carver pleaded guilty to committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity today before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.  Specifically, Carver admitted that he had participated in the murders of David Mitchamore.

According to information presented in court, Carver was a general of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT), a powerful race-based state-wide organization that operates inside and outside of state and federal prisons throughout Texas and the United States.  The ABT enforces its rules and promotes discipline among its members, prospects and associates through murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, assault, robbery and threats against those who violate the rules or pose a threat to the enterprise.  Members, and oftentimes associates, are required to follow the orders of higher-ranking members, often referred to as "direct orders."

According to court documents, David Mitchamore, aka "Super Dave," an ABT member, and his girlfriend, Christie Rochelle Brown, were murdered as a result of a "direct order" issued by Carver against Mitchamore because of Mitchamore's failure to repay an outstanding debt he allegedly owed to Carver.   The bodies of Mitchamore and Brown were discovered in Nacogdoches County on Aug. 10, 2007.

The crime carries a mandatory life sentence.

This case is being investigated by the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the National Gang Targeting, Enforcement and Coordination Center (Gang-TECC); the National Gang Intelligence Center; the Nacogdoches Sheriff's Department; the Nacogdoches Police Department; the Angelina County, Texas, Sheriff's Department; the Texas Department of Public Safety; and the Texas Rangers.  The case is being prosecuted by the Office of the U.S. Attorney in Lufkin, Texas, and the Criminal Division's Gang Unit, in full cooperation with the Nacogdoches County District Attorney's Office.