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Lovette again gets life without parole for murder of Eve Carson

Posted June 3, 2013

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— A Superior Court judge on Monday sentenced again Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. – one of two men convicted in the shooting death five years ago of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson – to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Lovette, 22, automatically received the sentence when he was convicted of first-degree murder on Dec. 20, 2011, but the state Court of Appeals ruled in February that Judge Allen Baddour revisit the punishment because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that offenders under age 18 at the time of a crime can't receive life sentences without parole unless mitigating circumstances are considered.

Lovette was 17 years old on March 5, 2008, when, prosecutors said, Carson, 22, a popular UNC senior from Athens, Ga., endured a nearly two-hour early-morning ordeal in which Lovette and another man kidnapped her from her Chapel Hill home and drove her to ATMs, where Lovette withdrew money from her bank account.

The pair then drove Carson to a neighborhood about a mile from UNC's campus, where she begged for her life before being shot five times, including a fatal shot through her right hand and head.

"You know, people make mistakes. Nobody's perfect. I'm not the monster that y'all made me out to be," Lovette said Monday prior to Baddour sentencing him. "I know that this has been a traumatic ordeal for everybody involved. For that, I send my condolences to everybody who's been affected by it. If it means anything to anybody, it means something to me."

In resentencing him, Baddour said he felt there was no chance of Lovette being rehabilitated, despite testimony from psychologist James Hilkey, who said he did not believe Lovette was "irretrievably corrupt."

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On the surface, Lovette appears as a self-centered, uncaring and callous person, Hilkey said, adding that he has observed a level of compassion that makes him think that Lovette has potential to change.

"Whether that will happen, I don't know," Hilkey said.

Lovette was raised in a middle-class home by supportive and caring parents who tried to provide a good life for their son, Hilkey said, but he gravitated toward street life despite his father trying to influence him to hang around with the right people. His father's death, when Lovette was 12 years old, led him down a path of reckless and impulsive behavior.

But Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said that behavior predated the elder Lovette's death and that, from the time he was 13 until 16, Lovette was convicted on 16 felony charges and seven misdemeanor crimes.

As Lovette got older, Woodall said, he failed to take advantage of the opportunities he had to be rehabilitated, and the crimes escalated – from trespassing to stealing cars to breaking and entering to first-degree burglaries to murder.

Lovette's also awaiting trial for the January 2008 shooting death of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato, a mechanical engineering student from India who was found dead inside his Durham apartment.

"He is a predator. He does not care about consequences. He does not care about other people. He cares about one person. He cares about Laurence Lovette," Woodall said. "He should not be allowed to ever victimize another person."

Carson's parents were present for Monday's hearing but did not speak. Her father, Bob Carson, however, said afterward that he wasn't surprised by Lovette's court statement.

Woodall said he wasn't convinced.

"I do not think Laurence Lovette has any remorse," he said. "I think his only remorse is that he's been convicted, and he's going to spend the rest of his life in prison."

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  • utleyd Jun 5, 2013

    I agree that we use occasions to talk about Eve. I think we should talk about Eve every single day and try to understand her uniqueness, and to help fix the problems of our time, just as Eve did, and others are doing on a daily basis. Don’t forget to tell Eve you love her every single day. I'll keep my dark & terrible wishes for those two convicts to myself. Thanks Judge B.

  • sweetlyght Jun 5, 2013

    He's a sociopath. Everything he said was all about him. We made him out to be a monster, not his actions, right? Sounds like his parents tried too. He belongs where he's at.

  • MonkeyFace Jun 5, 2013

    from the time he was 13 until 16, Lovette was convicted on 16 felony charges and seven misdemeanor crimes.--------- Yea, I would say that life in prison will suite him just fine.

  • mrman2a Jun 5, 2013

    When you shoot an innocent sweet girl in the Head with a shotgun you are sir a MONSTER!!!

  • Weetie Jun 5, 2013

    I see WRAL would not (AGAIN) print my response. It has to be a "nice" comment. Sorry but I have nothing "Nice" to say about this MONSTER.

  • utleyd Jun 5, 2013

    I remember Mr. Carson once said that we should honor and celebrate Eve’s life. I know that so many people do this every day. Look at the scholarships in Eve’s hometown of Athens,, GA and the Excellence in Public Education, who I believe gave out some Eve awards not too long ago. How about all the activities that the University of NC and related entities continue to have honoring her, including the Eve Scholarship program, the annual Eve Carson 5K and others. And how about those who give to charities in memory of Eve Carson.
    Then there are those who believe there is more to Eve’s spirit than just a memory. In my opinion, while Eve Carson may not physically be with us, her sprit remains and abides in all those who love and cherish her. It would be a mistake to think otherwise. It would also be a mistake for those two demons to think for a second that what they did to Eve will ever be forgotten. Personally I have no interest in what either demon have to say. However, I am inter

  • Jack Flash Jun 5, 2013

    "...what do you suggest we do? ...How does one reform someone like that?"

    Well, it's too late for Lovette, other than his making peace w/ God somehow, but tempering our emotions toward him and remembering he IS human might help us catch the next one.

    As for what we should do, that's a good question w/ no one answer, and I don't think the goal should be to ask it and answer it one time only. That's a question we should ask ourselves repeatedly. Some likely options, to be applied thoughtfully and selectively: Volunteer time and donate to worthy causes (and the time is more valuable, imo). Vote for people who show compassion and an appreciation for the complexities of certain issues, rather than offering simplistic talking points. Use faith communities and other organizations we're members of to plan activities to help.

    We're not going to save everyone, but there's no excuse for not trying to do what we can and then whining about it here.

  • caroexc Jun 4, 2013

    you are not the monster yall have made me out to be ------ Sir OHHH YES you are. Our Judicial System SHOULD have sentenced you to DEATH. You gave no mercy to Eve; we, given the opportunity, would show no mercy for you.

  • scarlett2 Jun 4, 2013

    I hope he is never paroled. There is no guarantee that LWOP means LWOP. I never gave much thought to owning a gun, but monsters like him make me reconsider it. Just look at what happened to that poor woman who recently moved to North Hills. Imagine the horror her little girl will never forget, finding her mother dead, blood all over the room.
    Women, children, need to be given self-defense lessons from the time that they are young kids. Never get into a car with a stranger, fight like a hellcat. Eve appeared like the type who would have trusted everyone; she had probably never confronted true evil before and didn't know how to react. She probably thought if she was kind to them, that they would just take her money and go and she could leave a positive influence on them since she was a nice person. Monsters don't have a conscience, they only want to do evil and move on to their next victim.

  • scarlett2 Jun 4, 2013

    This guy had choices in life, he made these choices. My father was severely abused, starved, beaten, abandoned when he was a child. He had a very bad childhood, yet he joined the Navy at 17, raised a family, never once abused his children, taught us outstanding values about honesty, morality, working hard, doing a great job, being happy every day. He was always happy and cheerful. He loved people, animals, plants, the earth. He didn't let the scars on his body or his soul keep him from having a great life.
    Lovette is a monster. He took a great young woman from this earth who would have given positive gifts to others every day. He chose to contribute evil to the world. Now as a society, we have to support and feed him the rest of his worthless life. He will get better food, healthcare, etc. than alot of us can even afford.

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