Dena Carter

Dena Carter is a villainess from "Deadlock," episode 17.09 of Law & Order.

She was portrayed by Catherine Dent, who also appeared on CSI as the evil Kay Marquette.


Dena Carter is a defense attorney and a former prosecutor who was running for state senate in New York. However, her campaign was plagued by scandals, which resulted in low poll numbers. Needing a boost, Dena followed the case of notorious killer Leon Vorgitch, who escaped custody and killed several victims, mostly children.

The father of one victim was Robert Purcell, and Dena used his grief and anger in a villainous plot to gain more votes. She contacted Purcell and informed him of the exact time that Vorgitch would be at the courthouse, and it was there that Purcell shot and killed him. Dena took on Purcell's case and served as his defense; planning to use her position to appeal to the public's desire for the death penalty. After Connie Rubirosa and Jack McCoy discovered that Purcell may have been tipped off regarding Vorgitch's location, the latter went to Dena and confronted her regarding her role in Vorgitch's murder. Dena boldly denied the claims, but later indirectly admitted to informing Purcell, boastfully telling Jack that she did nothing wrong and he had no proof if she did.

Following Dena and Jack's closing arguments, Purcell was convicted of second-degree murder, and after the conviction, Jack showed Purcell a pair of newspaper covers--with both of them featuring Dena. Purcell was made clear that Dena used the case to further her campaign, and after he informed Jack that Dena told him about Vorgitch's whereabouts, Jack showed Arthur Branch another newspaper cover: which revealed that Dena was indicted and disbarred for her role in Vorgitch's murder.


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Law & Order
Albert Lawrence Cheney | April Troost | Arthur Tunney | Dawn Sterling | Dena Carter | Diana Hawthorne | Dr. Diane Meade | Emma Kim | Frances Houston | Gayle Janaway | Jacob Lowenstein | Joyce Pollock | Julia Veloso | Katherine Waxman | Leon Vorgitch | Liann Crosby | Mark Bruner | Molly Preston | Richard Elam | Samantha Weaver | Simon Brooks | Stephanie Harker

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Alana Gonzalez | Alexa Pearson | April Troost | Amelia Chase | Billy Tripley | Christine Hartwell | Church of Wisdom and Sight | Dale Stuckey | Dana Lewis | Darryl Kern | Dr. Carl Rudnick | Dr. Nicole Keller | Edgar Noone | Elaine Frye Cavanaugh | Emily McCooper | Erik Weber | Eugene Hoff | Gloria Montero | Gordon Rickett | Heather Parcell | Heather Riggs | Henry Mesner | Holden March | Ingrid Block | Jaina Jansen | Jake O'Hara | Jiya Alexander | Johnny D. | Joseph Serumaga | Judge Hilda Marsden | K.O.B.S | Katie Cavanaugh | Kenneth Cleary | Larry Moore | Laurel Linwood | Lauren Cooper | Liam Connors | Lowell Harris | Maggie Peterson | Martin Schultz | Matthew Brodus | Merritt Rook | Miriam Penner | Missy Kurtz | Neil Alexander | Nikki Hallander | Pam Adler | Paula Foster | Peter Harrison | Peter Ridley | Phoebe Bernap | Richard White | Rob Miller | Robert Morten | Ryan Quinn | Sadie Parker | Sheila Porter | Sheldon Kerrick | Sydney Green | Terri Banes | Victor Paul Gitano | William Lewis

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Christine Mayfield | Christine Wilkes | Danielle McCaskin | Dr. Katrina Pynchon | Elise Garrett | Ella Miyazaki | Jo Gage | John Tagman | Kathy Jarrow | Nicole Wallace | Tammy Mills

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Monica Jarrow | Valerie Roberts

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