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Atwater in court on firearm, drug charges

Posted July 11, 2008

— Demario Atwater, charged in the death of Eve Carson, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's former student body president, pleaded not guilty Friday to firearm and drug charges in an unrelated case.

A judge set a trial date for Nov. 17.

Atwater is charged with first-degree murder and other charges related to Carson's March 5 shooting death.

He is being held without bond.


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  • twc Jul 11, 2008

    Until we build the criminal warehouse facilities to deal with these diseases in the early stages we are doomed to suffer these same consequences over and over. And we will eventually have to build them anyway for a more severe consequence.

  • twc Jul 11, 2008

    In this case, trials obviously became a waste of resources after his second or third trial. Except for his trial in the murder case, they're a total waste.

  • rlewis Jul 11, 2008

    I agree with the "waste of resources" comment. It seems like a pointless use of court time, public defenders (tax $), etc to try a guy for something minor when he's also facing a 1st degree murder charge.

    To me it makes more sense to try him for the murder charge first and then try him for other charges afterward only if the prosecution wants to. The reason, say he gets sentenced to death or life without parole, does a gun possession charge really make a difference?

  • Adelinthe Jul 11, 2008

    With this guy's past record, it's hard to believe that anyone involved in the judicial system ever though he'd turn out well.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • dbcooper41 Jul 11, 2008

    "We are wasting a lot of resources on him." when did trials become a waste of resources?

  • twc Jul 11, 2008

    We are wasting a lot of resources on him. Wonder how that cost would compare to the cost of having kept him in a criminal warehouse when he first began his career?

  • oftenbad Jul 11, 2008

    Really? Not Guilty? Really?

  • iron fist Jul 11, 2008

    Did they expect a guilty plea?