Billy Carter was born and raised in Madisonville, Texas and graduated from Madisonville High School in 1964. He attended Lon Morris Junior College on a basketball scholarship. After graduating from Lon Morris in 1966, he attended Rice University on a basketball scholarship. While at Rice, he was on the President’s Honor Roll and graduated from Rice University in 1969. He attended the University of Houston Law School and graduated in December of 1972. He took the State Bar Examine and made a grade of 85.
In April of 1973, Billy was licensed to practice law and started his law practice in Madisonville. He was appointed and then elected County Judge of Madison County and was judge from August of 1975 until December 31, 1978. He is married and has four sons: Clay and Grant, who graduated from Texas A&M; Foster, who graduated from the University of Houston; and Jackson, who is attending Blinn and intends to transfer to A&M. Jeanne, Billy's wife, is an adjunct professor at A&M.
He enjoys being with his family, reading history, playing the piano, tending his roses, writing, traveling in New Mexico, and watching old movies and sports.
Billy Carter has been involved in criminal defense work for more than forty-eight years and has tried more than a 125 criminal jury trials. He has appeared in more than 50 counties in Texas representing persons accused of crimes. He has defended persons charged with Capital Murder, Murder, Organized Criminal Activity, DWI, Intoxication Manslaughter, Child Pornography, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Sexual Assault and Sexual Assault, Continuous Sexual Abuse, Indecency with a Child, Theft, and Drug Possession and Delivery. He has represented more than 50 persons accused of Capital Murder or Murder. He has tried 13 death penalty cases, and has argued 6 Death Penalty verdicts in the Court of Criminal Appeals and got three (3) of those cases REVERSED.
He has been involved in more than 50 appeals to the Court of Appeals and the Court of Criminal Appeals. He has been a speaker at Criminal Law seminars in Plano, Bryan, Houston, and Huntsville.