A FORMER soldier who admitted to brutally stabbing his ex-wife and her boyfriend to death inside their Gold Coast home has been found not guilty of the horrific double murder.
Christopher Robert Carter, 39, was charged with murdering his ex-wife Renee Carter and her convicted paedophile boyfriend Corey Croft in their Skylark St home at Upper Coomera on January 20, 2015.
The couple’s five-year-old son was inside the house at the time of the killing. It’s understood he spent 24 hours inside the home with his dead parents before the horrific scene was uncovered.
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Carter was arrested and charged with two counts of murder but pleaded not guilty to the charges.
To the shock and disbelief of the victims’ families, Carter was acquitted by a jury of six women and six men in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday.
During the double-murder trial, Carter admitted to killing Ms Carter and Mr Croft but argued it was in self-defence, claiming Ms Croft had lunged at him with a knife.
The brutal killing sent shockwaves throughout the entire Gold Coast community, particularly the suburb of Upper Coomera.