Duke student's accused killer seeks to move trial
Posted July 12, 2013
Durham, N.C. — The attorney for the man accused of killing a Duke University graduate student five years ago wants his trial moved out of Durham.
Laurence Lovette is accused of robbing and killing Abhijit Mahato in January 2008.
In newly filed court documents, Lovette's attorney claims he can't get a fair trial due to inflammatory and prejudicial media coverage.
Lovette is already serving a life sentence for the March 2008 murder of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson.
Other motions filed on Lovette's behalf request questioning potential jurors individually and blocking prosecutors from using any statements made by Lovette. The defense also wants to know if prosecutors cut any deals with Stephen Lavance Oates, who had been charged in Mahato's death before those charges were dropped in February.
Lovette is expected in court next week. A trial date hasn't been set.