Emilia Carr was born on August 2, 1984 to Maria Zayas. She was abused by her father as a child. Emilia gave birth to her first child at 14 years old and dropped out of high school, despite being a good student.
In 2004, Emilia’s father was convicted and sentenced to 4 years in prison for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his family.
That same year, Emilia was given 2 years probation for helping her ex-husband steal exotic birds.
Emilia had been married and divorced twice before she began dating Joshua Fulgham.
Josh asked Emilia to marry him in November 2008, but, instead, he married Heather Strong in December.
Despite this, the three adults seemed to get along for a time. Emilia even babysat Heather and Joshua’s 2 children.
Joshua had a history of domestic abuse against Heather and was arrested one month into their marriage for threatening to shoot her. The charges were later dropped.
It was reported that Heather only dropped the charges after Emilia threatened her with a knife.
Soon after, Heather and Joshua separated. Heather began seeing someone else while Emilia and Joshua got back together.
The couple filed for divorce and argued over custody of their children. Emilia was also pregnant with Joshua’s child.
On February 15, 2009, Heather was reported missing. Four days later, her body was discovered near McIntosh, Florida. She had been stuffed into a suitcase and buried in a shallow grave.
Emilia was arrested on March 24 after the police obtained audio recording of her confessing to the murder to Joshua’s sister.
Emilia told the sister that she and Joshua lured Heather into a storage trailer behind Maria’s home. There, Emilia hit Heather in the head with a flashlight and taped her to a chair. Joshua held Heather down while Emilia tried to break her neck. A plastic bag was placed over Heather’s head until she suffocated.
Joshua was arrested when he used Heather’s credit card after she had already been reported missing.
Shortly after her arrest, Emilia gave birth. This child has since been adopted. Emilia’s other three children are in the care of relatives.
Emilia confessed to police while in custody, but later retracted this statement.
She was found guilty on December 7, 2010 and sentenced to the death penalty by lethal injection.
Joshua was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2012.
In 2017, Emilia’s sentence was changed to life without the possibility of parole.
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