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Trial begins of David Carlson, who faces 20 years in prison for shooting of child rapist

October 17, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Trial begins of David Carlson, who faces 20 years in prison for shooting of child rapist

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The trial of David Carlson began last week for the fatal shooting of a wanted child rapist who roamed onto his property and later exposed that he had sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Back in October 2013, the 46-year-old David Carlson shot and killed 35-year-old accused child rapist, Norris Acosta-Sanchez, in Orange County, New York.

As Carlson was fishing, he saw Acosta-Sanchez on his property, who first introduced himself as “Daniel Costa,” saying that he was the “caretaker” of a vacant cabin on the property next door.

However, nearly one month later Acosta-Sanchez admitted that he was not who he had initially claimed, as the two sat around a fire talking and drinking beer.

Acosta-Sanchez allegedly confessed to his new friend that he was wanted in the town of Ramapo for sleeping with a 14-year-old girl.

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David Carlson outside of court in Goshen, New York, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Photo: Angel Chevrestt

Over the next couple of days, Carlson and his wife, Sarah, devised two plans to try to assist police in apprehending Acosta-Sanchez, according to the New York Post.

In one of their plots, they informed a cop about the situation and said they would purposely speed with the alleged rapist in the vehicle. However, that plan was unsuccessful.

They tried a similar idea next, and they were pulled over. Acosta-Sanchez, who was in the vehicle at the time, provided authorities with a fake name and was taken back to the cabin.

When a patrol car pulled in, he forced his way out of the back-seat – where he was not handcuffed – and fled into the woods.

The third time was also a failure, despite the fact that law enforcement officials obtained a “no-knock warrant.”

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office dispatched over 20 of its most highly trained deputies, which included a dog squad and two snipers, to apprehend the man. Again, he managed to escape.

Despite his multiple encounters and near misses with police, he still trusted Carlson and returned to the property on the morning of October 11th.

Carlson joined him at the backdoor of his home, with a shotgun in his hand.

He then informed Acosta-Sanchez that he was turning him into police, and then marched him to a neighbor’s home and called authorities.

However, on the way, Carlson claims that the suspect charged at him, and he was forced to shoot.

The first shot hit him in the arm; Carlson told authorities.

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Norris Acosta-Sanchez was wanted for the rape of a 14-year-old girl.Photo: New York State Police

When Acosta-Sanchez surged at him again, the 46-year-old pulled the trigger, and he was hit in the head. He died instantly after the bullet severed his brain stem.

On Friday, Carlson, who was charged with manslaughter and murder, appeared in court as a forensic pathologist testified.

Dr. Margaret Prial informed the court the second shot was “immediately fatal, because the pellets went through his ear, through his skull, through the left side of his brain, through the brain stem.”

The trial, which will begin its seventh day on Monday, has split the opinions of local citizens.

Some believe that Carlson did the appropriate thing, and there is even a “Free David Carlson” Facebook page.

Over 1,100 individuals “like” the profile, which posts articles about the case and arranges meet-ups for supporters.

A neighbor blamed the police for the fatal shooting.

“He did everything he possibly could to work with the police to get this man apprehended. The police obviously blew it,” Dean Fippinger told the New York Post.

Carlson also spoke to the newspaper, declaring the trial has left him, “physically and mentally exhausted.”

If convicted, he faces 20 years behind bars.

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