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Charges against Lovette sent to grand jury

Posted August 12, 2008

— More than a dozen charges against a 17-year-old accused in the deaths of two North Carolina college students will go before a Durham County grand jury next week.

Laurence Allen Lovette Jr. is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges in the March 5 shooting death of Eve Carson, 22, who was student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said Monday he would seek the death penalty against the other man charged with Carson's death, Demario James Atwater.

Lovette, who also is charged in the Jan. 18 shooting death of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato, is not eligible for the death penalty. A 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibits the execution of anyone who was under age 18 at the time of a crime. He was 16 then.

If convicted in Carson's death, the maximum sentence Lovette could face is life in prison without parole.

The charges going to the grand jury stem from other crimes Lovette is accused of committing. The charges are two counts of larceny after breaking and entering and one count each of first-degree burglary, breaking and entering, common-law robbery, breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, larceny, communicating threats, resisting a public officer, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and probation violation.


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  • delilahk2000 Aug 12, 2008

    I think they both should get the death penalty, and do it in less than 20years. They are cold blooded killers, to look in someones face and shoot them 5 times. They deserve no sympathy at all. May be the next time someone thinks about doing this , they might just think twice. NOT

  • Dr. Dataclerk Aug 12, 2008

    Life in prison is worse than the death penalty, the death penalty lets him off too easy. Let him rot.

    Not going to happen. Your tax dollars will continue to support them even their very long stay in prison. Better get use to it, there is going to a lot oc chomp change going to the prison for their care by you alone. lol lol You might need to consider getting another job. lol lol

  • larryhorse77 Aug 12, 2008

    Nothing wrong with Life in prison.

    Sure I would love to see this inconsiderate pile of filth wiped off the Earth. thats a gimmie.

    Consider this option though:
    Life in prison. No chance at seeing the sun without a tall fence around you or bars to look at it through.
    No chance of ever spending a holiday with anyone in your life you may have cared about.
    Consider the prison life. Always watching yoru back for a shank, always watching your behind for a ....... well you know.
    3 pathetic and miserable meals a day, never gets to eat a decent meal again.
    And then someday like the animal he is he will get put down. Not by the state but by a bigger badder boy on the block. Natural law will run its course. Even if he isnt cut down in his younger days in prison then when he gets old then you know he will be someones good time or just straight up work him because they can.

    Life in prison is worse than the death penalty, the death penalty lets him off too easy. Let him rot.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Aug 12, 2008

    Don't matter what you say here on board with WRAL allowance to it publicly. But you will not have a say in the courts as a witness, prosecutor, judge and jury even as Eve Carson family member. I am glad of that and you made my day knowing you will not even be considered. So your comments is just what they are opinions of oneself. lol

  • Dr. Dataclerk Aug 12, 2008

    Data, if my child were to do what Lovette is apparently guilty of, he or she would be no more entitled to live than this trash is. That dog won't hunt.
    the river rat

    I will believe that when I see it. You are all talk my friend, unless you are trying to get to prison youself. Two wrongs do not make a right. So don't even go there. Oh, lets not call these boys names. They are human being just like you. They are not animals as you have implied. :)

  • the river rat Aug 12, 2008

    Data, if my child were to do what Lovette is apparently guilty of, he or she would be no more entitled to live than this trash is. That dog won't hunt.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Aug 12, 2008

    I think we should lower the age of consent to 16 and then lower the age we can execute to the same and viola - some crimes go bu-bye.

    Well said. Then later on in years when it becomes your child, neice, nephew, cousin or grand-child, I imagine your tune will change. No family is perfect, not even yours. We say a lot of things until it falls into our lap and then we have nothing to say when its our own family member. So don't be so quick to judge. What goes around normally comes back around. Then it is not so sweet.

  • garden Aug 12, 2008

    If he's old enough to kill he's old enough to die for the crime of murder.

  • celong Aug 12, 2008

    Bad seeds need the death penalty.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 12, 2008

    Obviously, I'm Pro-Death Penalty. But I honestly don't care what happens to either of these killers. As long as they NEVER get to walk the streets in the Triangle again in their lifetime.