Carr’s coworkers testify at murder trial: ‘he seemed lethargic’

AUSTIN (KXAN) -On Wednesday, Pedernales firefighters who worked with Carr testified that he seemed “lethargic”  around the time of the murder.

These firefighters were also part of the department that responded to the body found in Lake Travis.

One co-worker said Carr seemed lethargic and was not his usual upbeat self, adding that he was nearly dozing off on the job. He also received a reprimand for requesting time off without two weeks’ notice. Carr mentioned his girlfriend, Veronica Navarro, broke up with him and said he wanted to be at home because he was afraid she’d destroy his place.

But Tuesday, during the first day of the trial, lawyers argued a tangled love triangle may have been the motivation for Navarro’s murder in July 2011.

On the opening day of testimony at family and friends closest to Carr and Navarro described an unsteady relationship between the two in the weeks leading up to Navarro’s murder. Prosecutors told jurors Navarro still maintained an on-again, off-again relationship with ex-boyfriend Chris Kashimba even though she lived with Carr at his Spicewood home.

Days before her disappearance, Kashimba testified, Carr grew suspicious of Navarro and the relationship. He said Navarro would express fears about Carr’s temper and drinking problem, and that she intended to end the relationship and return to Kashimba.

Manuela Navarro, Veronica’s cousin, testified she and other family came up from Laredo to visit her on the final weekend of June 2011, but never saw her because Carr would not allow it. Instead, he wanted the couple to go to the lake.

Days later, Navarro’s body was found in a tent at the bottom of Lake Travis.

Carr was caught days later trying to cross the Canadian border with much of his possessions inside his vehicle.

Navarro constantly posted status updates on Facebook, according to Manuela. Her family knew something was wrong when the updates abruptly stopped.

The relationship between Carr and Navarro was not very old, according to Manuela, who said the two had only been dating for approximately a month, but Veronica was excited about moving into Carr’s Spicewood home.

During evidence presented on Tuesday morning, the prosecution used a calendar of June/July 2011 to lay out the timeline of events:

  • June 26 – Navarro’s last Facebook update.
  • June 27 – Navarro attends job interview at carousel pediatrics.
  • June 28 – Carr goes to work at Pedernales fire department. Co-workers say he was tired and lethargic.
  • Carr said he was sick and asked to leave.
  • June 29 – Cell phone records show Carr was at Pace Bend Park around 1:15am.
  • June 30 – Carr requests time off against company policy. (Two weeks notice normally required.)
  • July 1 – July 3rd – Cell phone records show Carr travels to South Padre Island.
  • July 4 – Carr goes into work.
  • July 5 – Carr goes into work.
  • July 6 – Carr gets off 48-hour shift at Pedernales FD at 9am. Three hours later, a body is found at Lake Travis.
  • July 7 – Body identified as Veronica Navarro.
  • July 9 – After stopping Carr at the border, Canadian authorities call Carr’s employer to find out if he had requested a month off. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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