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Eve Carson murder suspect to go to trial this fall

Posted September 28, 2011
Updated November 17, 2011

— A Superior Court judge in Orange County has set a Nov. 29 trial date for a Durham man accused of killing a University of North Carolina senior more than three years ago.

Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., 20, is charged with first-degree murder in the March 5, 2008, death of Eve Marie Carson, who authorities say was kidnapped, robbed, shot and left dead on a neighborhood street about a half-mile from the UNC campus.

Carson was the university's student body president at the time of her death.

Another man arrested in the case, Demario James Atwater, is serving two life prison sentences after pleading guilty last year to first-degree murder and several federal charges.

Lovette is also one of two men charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 18, 2008, death of 29-year-old Abhijit Mahato, a Duke University graduate student found dead in his off-campus apartment. A date hasn't yet been set for that trial.

If convicted of killing Carson, Lovette faces a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole. 


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  • Lightfoot3 Oct 5, 2011

    “Most, if not all of those people who have been exonerated with DNA evidence were originally convicted with "solid" evidence” – Elvisisdead

    Not they were not. It was mostly, if not all, circumstantial evidence, faulty witnesses, or outright lies.

  • anne53ozzy Sep 29, 2011

    Clearly history will attest to how well that worked in Rome.

  • Wacky_dood Sep 29, 2011

    Time to quit mollycoddling murderers. Build a colliseum and put these crettins into a gladiator pit and let them fight it out. Then the last one standing gets fed to the lions.

  • anne53ozzy Sep 29, 2011

    "Amazing grace, how sweet...." this always comes to mind when I see her picture. Honor the wishes of her family.

  • tatermommy52 Sep 29, 2011

    Where are the social minded bastions of civil liberties railing about this hate crime against women. Their hypocracy is legion.

  • jurydoc Sep 29, 2011

    BigUNCFan - That was Wendell Williamson and it's not like he was acquitted and released to the streets. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to forensic mental health facilities diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He is still confined; just not in prison.

  • rcrdngcountry Sep 29, 2011

    neither one of these men should walk away without the death
    penalty, for no reason what so ever. FOR THERE IS NO REASON FOR

  • anne53ozzy Sep 29, 2011

    Take a moment or more and teach your children. As hard as it is to make them aware of danger, we have to do it. This beautiful woman was taken by men that had no regard for her life or her trust. My heart goes out to her family. Lock him up. Let's put the money spent on decades of appeals on death penalty cases to trying, if it is possible, to determine how to prevent these people from doing such terrible harm to another.

  • Tax Man Sep 29, 2011

    Life without parole - and let him learn how to live in that society where no laws protect him from the predators who he will be living with for the rest of his life.

  • BigUNCFan Sep 29, 2011

    I remeber the guy who was acquitted for shooting people on Franklin street I think because his psychaitrist had retired and he was off his meds. I think he was a law student at UNC and he ended up being acquitted and winning a law suit against the psychaitrist because of the meds issue. Only in Orange County.