Carr found guilty of murder, tampering with evidence

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by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and KVUE.com

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Posted on February 11, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 11 at 6:40 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas -- A former Pedernales firefighter charged with killing his girlfriend has been found guilty of murder and tampering with evidence.

Joe Carr was convicted Tuesday of the 2011 murder of Veronica Navarro. He has also been convicted of sinking her tent-wrapped body in Lake Travis.

Carr was arrested near the Canadian border shortly after Navarro's body was found. His car was stuffed with food, clothes, personal documents and a medicine that helps you stay awake. Carr had also withdrawn more than $1,800 from the bank.

Evidence from his Spicewood home included a tent bag matching the one wrapped around Navarro’s body and a rope ladder with intricate knots.

A crime scene specialist said those knots were like the ones used to tie the paint cans to Navarro’s body.

Prosecutors told the jury that a romantic triangle may have been Carr's motive.

Navarro's family cried while listening to closing arguments as prosecutors showed pictures of her body decomposed and cut after being pulled out of Lake Travis and again while listening to a phone call Carr made from jail.

Joe Carr sat without reaction as the courtroom listened to the call he made to his mom from a North Dakota jail.

Navarro's family filled two rows in court and cried during the reading of the guilty verdict. Navarro's mother says the family never had a doubt Carr is guilty. They say they want life in prison, that nothing can bring their daughter back, and that she shouldn't have died the way she did.

The sentencing phase for Carr begins Wednesday at 10 a.m.

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