Dominick Tyree Boyd
   -  March 3, 2011

In Grangeville, Idaho, on March 3, 2011, Todd W. Carver, who was 23 years old at the time, called emergency services and reported that a child had fallen off of the bed and was no longer breathing. Emergency crews were able to establish that the child had not fallen off of a bed and Todd was charged with first degree murder when it was determined that Dominick Tyree Boyd had been hit on his head several times, contributing to his death.

In court, medical professionals testified that Dominick had suffered no less than six major blows to his head and this had caused bleeding in his brain. Todd told several different versions of what happened to Dominick that day including that he had fallen down the stairs, ran into a bed frame and that his younger brother had choked him.

The prosecutor, Kirk A. MacGregor pointed out that Todd had been in and out of jail since he was 16 years old and even two months before the killing of Dominick, Todd was paroled on a felony chard of theft:

"We're not talking about the death of an adult male that could fight back. This child had no chance.
That's the worst crime that can be committed and I think it calls for the Maximum sentence"

Todd was found guilty of first degree murder in September of 2011 and a sentencing hearing was scheduled for December of 2011. Todd stood next to his lawyer, Idaho County Public Defender, Gregory Dickison and there was no emotion on his face as the verdict was read. On December 1, 2011 at 3:00 p.m., there was a sentencing hearing, Todd was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Todd would continue to claim his innocence through out his trial and he had something to say:

"I will not apologize. I did not commit a crime. I did not kill Dominick and I'm not going to
admit to something I didn't do"

The judge had this to say:

"I believe in rehabilitation, but given Carver's lack of remorse, I just can't get to that point. I just
don't believe, based on what I've seen, that you can change. I wish I was wrong"
2nd District Judge Michael J. Griffen

Gregory Dickison said that with Todd continuing to say that he was innocent, it made it harder to argue for lesser sentence and that prosecutors had not provided a foundation to deny Todd a chance at parole:

"Can anybody in this courtroom really say that he is never going to be rehabilitated"

Gregory Dickison said he would file an appeal.

In April of 2012, Angela Ann Johnson, Dominick's mother, was charged with endangering his life. Prosecutors say that Angela, of her own free will, allowed her son to be placed in a dangerous situation by leaving him with Todd, who was a known felon, released from prison only three weeks before he moved in with her and her sons. Angela would also be charged with food stamp fraud.

UPDATE: January 18, 2015

Todd W. Carver had been convicted of first degree murder, though he insisted he was innocent. After filing an appeal, Todd learned in November of 2013 that the Idaho Supreme Court upheld his conviction of life in prison without the possibility of parole, for the beating death of Dominick.

Todd had appealed on the grounds that a Judge had refused to give him a new lawyer and that the jury had not received proper instructions about the definition of his crime and the sentence of life without parole. The Supreme Court voted unanimously that the Judge had done nothing wrong.


Death Occurred in the state of Idaho

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