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Family speaks against Seth McCarty's 'not guilty' verdict

By Jordan Hall
By jhall@wbbjtv.com

CARROLL COUNTY, Tenn. -- One day after Seth McCarty is presented with a not guilty verdict, the victim in the alleged crime, Joanna McCarty and her family sit in disbelief.

On a day she dreamed she would feel freedom, she says she and her four children now fear for their lives.

"She said 'no, why did this happen?' And all I could do was tell her 'I'll keep you as safe as I can. I'll do everything I can to make sure you're OK. I'm not gonna let anything happen to you," JoAnna said.

JoAnna's parents believe evidence and testimony from the TBI, neighbors and medical experts proved a violent crime occurred.

"She's afraid to stay at home. She stayed with us last night. He's still out there," Joe Townsend said, JoAnna's dad.

"There's no reason for him to think that he can't do more, or worse, nothing to stop him," said a tearful Dana Townsend, JoAnna's stepmom.

Dana Townsend says lessons have been learned, but now it's a matter of protecting her family.

"She'll never believe him again like she did on July 2nd of 2013. We're going to hopefully be able to teach her to keep him from being able to come up from behind her as well," Townsend said.

They believe Seth McCarty will eventually end up in trouble again. They just hope their daughter and grand-kids are not his target.