Ted Prevatte was sentenced to death by the State of North Carolina for the murder of Cindy McIntyre. According to court documents Ted Prevatte and Cindy McIntyre had been dating for about a year when she decided to end it and Prevatte did not take it well. Cindy McIntyre would be fatally shot outside of her home. Ted Prevatte would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
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The thirty-two-year-old victim (Cindy McIntyre) was married with two children (Michael and Matthew). She and her husband, Mike, were estranged but trying to reconcile. The victim and defendant attended the same church, sang together in the choir, and had been dating for about a year. Defendant lived with his mother across the street from the victim.
On 1 June 1993, when the victim and her husband saw each other, the victim’s husband gave her a rose, kissed her, and told her he loved her. Later that same day, the victim and her son Matthew were at home when defendant came in with a present for Matthew. As Matthew was opening the present, his mother said, “Oh my God.” Matthew turned around and saw defendant pointing a gun at his mother. Defendant had borrowed a gun from his cousin that afternoon.
When Matthew saw defendant with the gun, Matthew jumped up, and defendant pointed the gun at him. Defendant took the victim and Matthew to the bedroom and made them get down on their knees. Defendant then hit and kicked the victim. Defendant pointed the gun at Matthew’s head and said if the victim did not shut up, defendant would shoot Matthew.
Defendant grabbed Matthew and locked him in a bathroom down the hall from the bedroom. Defendant briefly left the house but shortly returned and brought the victim out of the house, with her hands bound behind her back. Defendant had his hands on the victim’s neck and shoulder area. Defendant forced the victim into a car, pulled the victim back out of the car, and then struck the victim three to four times and slammed the victim’s head into the car. The victim’s hands remained bound behind her back. Defendant next reached into the car and pulled out a handgun. When the victim tried to run away, defendant held the gun with both hands, aimed, and fired more than once. Defendant left immediately after the last shot.
An autopsy of the victim’s body revealed she suffered three gunshot wounds. Each bullet passed through the victim’s body. One bullet went through the middle of the victim’s back and completely destroyed her aorta and heart. Massive bleeding occurred in the chest cavity. These wounds caused the victim’s death.
Inside the master bedroom of the victim’s house, investigators found a nylon rope tied to a bed frame and a roll of duct tape on the floor. The roll of duct tape was consistent with the duct tape used to bind the victim’s hands.
Prior to the murder, the victim told a witness she was afraid of defendant because he knew she was reuniting with her husband. The victim said she was afraid defendant would hurt her, her children, or her husband. Witnesses also heard defendant say he would kill the victim if he could get away with it and he “[felt] like killing her.”
Before analyzing defendant’s arguments, we first note that defendant’s two trial attorneys in this case are the same attorneys who represented defendant in his 1995 capital trial for this murder.
We also note defendant presented an insanity defense at trial. Two defense experts expressed opinions that defendant had a paranoid personality disorder and was insane at the time of the shooting. The State offered rebuttal evidence that on the day of the murders, defendant was observed acting in a calm, friendly manner. The State’s expert testified that on the day of the murders, defendant was able to understand the nature and quality of his actions as well as the difference between right and wrong.