Ebey murder case sent to grand jury

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 19, 2000

Family members of Terry Carter, a 37-year-old woman murdered at the Lady Luck Natchez Hotel last month, are still seeking closure to her violent death.

Police believe Carter was murdered by her finance, Freddie L. Ebey, 37, of Alexandria, La., while the two were passing through town on a business trip.

&uot;I just want justice served — that’s all,&uot; said Carter’s sister Tammy Horton. &uot;I want him to get what he deserves. She didn’t have a chance. Why should he?&uot;

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Ebey waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday in Natchez Municipal Court.

His case will be sent to the Natchez grand jury for indictment.

He will also be transferred from the Natchez Jail to the Adams County Jail and be held on bond and on a charge of violating his parole.

In court, Thursday, a number of Carter’s family members and her employers were present.

They got one quick look at Ebey before he was whisked away to discuss plans to waive Thursday’s hearing.

While waiting, another sister, Tracy Severa expressed outrage at Ebey.

&uot;Right now I’m so angry I can’t think,&uot; she said.

On Saturday, Jan. 8, Carter’s body was found in her hotel bed with injuries to her head and face, said Natchez Police Chief Willie Huff.

Police said Ebey fled the scene in a pickup truck belonging to his employers. Police apprehended him around 5:45 a.m. that day.

Ebey has a criminal history in Louisiana and also served time for a manslaughter conviction.

Ricky Carter, Carter’s estranged husband, said he thinks Ebey has a history of taking advantage of people like his wife.

&uot;If he couldn’t intimidate you or manipulate you, he didn’t fool with you no more,&uot; he said.