Heidi Kathleen Carter sentenced for rape and murder

Heidi Kathleen Carter (Vandenburgh Detention Center)

A 37-year-old Indiana woman will likely spend the rest of her life behind bars after she was convicted on all charges in a rape and murder case that left two men dead and a community in shock. Vanderburgh County Circuit Court Judge David Kiely on Friday ordered Heidi Kathleen Carter to serve a sentence of 65 years in a state prison, court documents reviewed by Law&Crime show.

A jury last month found Carter guilty on all six felony counts she was facing, including one count of murder, two counts of aiding, inducing or causing forcible rape, and three counts of criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon. She was sentenced to 65 years for murder, 40 years for each of the rape charges and 16 years for each of the confinement charges, with the sentences to run concurrent to the murder sentence.

In November, a different set of jurors found Carter guilty on one count of misdemeanor carrying a firearm without a permit but could not agree on the other counts, resulting in a partial mistrial.

Carter was arrested at her Evansville home in October 2021 after a woman hired to clean the house found the body of Tim Ivy, 50, and a woman who had been sexually assaulted, severely beaten, and restrained with duct tape. Evansville is 180 miles south of Indianapolis.

Carter on Friday addressed the court and continued to maintain that she too was a victim of the violence and horrors wrought by her then-boyfriend, Carrey Hammond. Hammond severely beat Ivy before strangling him to death and sexually assaulted the female victim before being fatally shot by responding law enforcement officers.

“Yes, I was living in sin,” Carter told the court, according to a report from the Evansville Courier & Press. ”But, did I commit any crimes? No. Under the circumstances, I did the best that I could. I’m a victim, too.”

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