Martavious Carter didn’t have a father figure in his life.
He didn’t get along with his mother and lived with his grandmother.
He suffered from mental and emotional problems, and began committing crimes as a juvenile.
When he was 16, he was sentenced as an adult in a burglary case, but under a S.C. Youthful Offender Act sentence, he was set free.
In March 2008, he committed three home burglaries in a two-week span. A co-defendant in those cases pleaded guilty and received 18 months in prison.