Single Mom Carla Hughes Convicted of Killing Pregnant Rival
Carla Hughes, a 28-year-old single mother of a six-year-old boy and highly educated school teacher, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for brutally killing her boyfriend’s (Keyon Pittman) pregnant fiance, Avis Banks.
Avis Banks – Victim
Avis Banks, a quiet woman, had her life cut short for doing nothing but falling in love with a womanizer. The guy, Keyon Pittman, has since moved on with his life, including getting married. Now, ain’t that something?
Carla Hughes – Murderer
This is proof positive that smart women do dumb stuff behind stupid men and in the name of love!
Like the victim’s father said, “Keyon Pittman doesn’t keep women around for long. Had Hughes waited six months, she would have gotten her turn.”
CANTON, Mississippi–The same panel of jurors that convicted a former middle-school teacher of two counts of capital murder spared her life Wednesday.
Carla Hughes, 28, who prosecutors say fatally shot, stabbed, and slashed a pregnant Avis Banks in November 2006, could have received a death sentence. Now, she will spend the rest of her life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The jurors deliberated less than one hour before reaching their unanimous decision. Hughes was sentenced immediately after jurors were dismissed. She will serve the life sentences concurrently.
You can see complete coverage of the case Thursday on In Session.
–Nancy Leung, In Session field producer