Before her death, Martia Flint texted a friend that she was worried about her safety. During a separation from her boyfriend Demontae Rhodes, Flint dated Calvin L. Carter III who was reportedly abusive towards her. It appeared that Carter III couldn’t get over the fact that he and Flint were no longer together. Afraid for her life, Flint warned a friend that if she died, Carter III was responsible.
Love will get you killed was one of the messages recovered by police in Martia Flint’s phone. The message was read by Marilyn Hite Ross, chief of the criminal bureau in the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, during the murder trial of Calvin L. Carter III. Carter III was being accused of murdering his former girlfriend Martia Flint, her boyfriend, Demontae Rhodes, and her 2 sons: Tyrone Smith III, 6; and Tobias K. Smith, 4.
At one point, Flint and Carter III were an item but Flint decided that she no longer wanted to be with him. Apparently, during their relationship, Carter III was allegedly abusive towards Flint as text messages revealed. Flint was trying to move with her life with her boyfriend, Demontae Rhodes. Prior to dating Carter III, Flint was in a relationship with Rhodes but they broke up. During that separation, Flint met Carter III. According to Rockford, Illinois news, Carter III was jealous of Flint’s relationship with Rhodes.
Days before Christmas in 2014, Martia Flint, her two sons, and her boyfriend Demontae Rhodes were found shot to death in their home. Neighbors reported gunfire and called the police. Officers arrived and found the 4 bodies on December 20th. Interviews from Flint’s family members and friends revealed that before her murder, Carter III was constantly texting her. According to Rockford Parent, Carter III had been repeatedly calling and texting Flint for days before her death. He sent the last text at 10:27 p.m. on December 20th, an hour before her death.
Family members shared that Rhodes and Flint, his childhood friend, dated for years, then split up and dated others. They got back together in part because Rhodes wanted to protect Flint and the children he had helped to raise. Flint was a dental assistant and Rhodes was an amateur boxer as well as a family businessman. Investigators believed that Carter III murdered Rhodes and Flint’s two sons because they were witnesses.
On July 17th, a jury found Calvin Carter III guilty of all four murders in a quadruple murder trial. Carter III was also found guilty of home invasion. Carter III is scheduled to be sentenced on September 8th, 2017. After the verdict was read Carter III rose from his seat smiling and was led out of the courtroom by guards and his attorney. If convicted, Carter III faces 45 years up to life in prison.