Nine jurors seated in trial of Eve Carson's accused killer
Posted December 1, 2011
Updated December 2, 2011
Hillsborough, N.C. — Jury selection continued for a third day Thursday in the trial of a man accused of killing the former student body president of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As of Thursday afternoon, five men and four women had been seated to hear the case against 21-year-old Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., one of two men charged with killing Eve Marie Carson in March 2008.
Three more jurors, as well as two alternates, still need to be chosen. Attorneys, who are questioning each potential juror individually, expect the selection process to last four or five days.
Opening statements could begin as early as Monday. WRAL.com plans to offer live coverage of the trial once jury selection is complete.
Chapel Hill police say Lovette and Demario James Atwater abducted Carson from her Chapel Hill home and forced her to withdraw $1,400 from ATMs before they shot her five times and left her body in a neighborhood near the UNC campus.
Much of defense attorneys' questioning Thursday focused on potential jurors' exposure to media coverage of the case and what they remembered about that coverage.
Atwater pleaded guilty last year and is serving a life sentence in prison.
Lovette faces life in prison if convicted. Because he was under 18 at the time of the crime, he can't face the death penalty.