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Duke-UNC murder suspect faces fewer charges

Posted December 17, 2008

— A Durham man charged in the shooting deaths of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Eve Carson will end up fighting fewer charges in court.

Four cases unrelated to the slayings were dropped against Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. Durham's interim district attorney, David Saacks, said he believes prosecutors did not have enough evidence to move forward.

Assistant District Attorney Tracey Cline, who is handling the case, could not be reached for comment.

The charges were dropped in August. WRAL News discovered the dismissal Tuesday.

The alleged offenses – first-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting a public officer – happened in late January and early February.

Lovette was arrested in March in connection with Carson's March 5 shooting death and was later connected to Mahato's Jan. 18 shooting death.

If he's found guilty of either of the crimes, the maximum sentence he could face is life in prison.


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  • Blue Devils Rule Dec 18, 2008

    I just wish he had been 18 years old when he commited these crimes to obtain the death penalty.

  • Tax Man Dec 18, 2008

    Tired - they did not dismiss the Murder charges - they were all other crimes he probably committed but were not in any way related to the Murders. He still will be in prison for the rest of his life! Only his age spares him the death penalty. Bet he does not live a very long life though - things happen in prison. He definitely needs some Karma! Just keep him locked up forever, he has forfeited any right to mingle with the rest of us.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Dec 18, 2008

    What do they mean not enough evidence? Didnt he have the cell phone of one of the murder victims? Didnt they have a picture of his face at an ATM using a card that wasnt his? How can they drop the charges of burglary? Maybe I am missing something.