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Nine jurors seated in trial of Eve Carson's accused killer

Posted December 1, 2011
Updated December 2, 2011

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— 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.

Full coverage: Eve Carson homicide

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.

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  • wildcat Dec 2, 2011

    Everything I've read/heard about this guy is true... miketroll3572

    Don't ever believe everything you read, hear or see. Sometimes it is false. I thought you was taught better than that. I guess you believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus. :)

  • wildcat Dec 2, 2011

    one penny of my tax dollars going to support this guy for possibly 80 more years!!! Major assumption: Everything I've read/heard about this guy is true... if he did state that he needed money and was looking for someone to rob and kill - kill so they could not identify him - and it is proven he did just that - execute him!!! I KNOW that will not happen, BUT IT SHOULD!

    Well said, mabey we should let wildcat take care of him for the rest of his life.
    miketroll3572

    IT WILL TAKE MORE THAN 1 CENT. SO KEEP WORKING. YOU ARE THE ONE WITH A JOB, SO I GUESS YOU WILL BE TAKING CARE OF THIS YOUNG MAN. SAVE A LITTLE FOR YOURSELF. THERE WILL BE NO EXECUTION REGARDLESS HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS CASE. LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE. GET IT NOW?

  • wildcat Dec 2, 2011

    YOU "give it up"! my statement was, if irrefutably guilty, he "SHOULD" get the death penalty. miketroll3572

    I will be right, he will get LIFE IN PRISON AND NO PAROLE. QUIT BEEFING AND BE ABLE TO ACCEPT THE VERDICT WHEN IT COMES.

  • wildcat Dec 2, 2011

    If the victim had been black and the killer had been white it would be considered a hate crime.

    WE ALL NEED TO REMEMBER THAT ALL RACES DO CRIME. ALSO WHEN YOU CAN NO LONGER TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, WONDER WHAT RACE WILL CARE FOR YOU IN THE REST HOME OR ASSISTED LIVING HOME?

  • wildcat Dec 2, 2011

    TAXES WILL GO UP AGAIN TO PAY FOR ALL THE TRAILS JUST LIKE THAT WIFE KILLER IS GETTING A NEW TRIAL AGAIN.
    barbstillkickin

    Well the killers/criminals do deserve a fair trial. That is the law. Don't mean they will get to walk the streets freely again.

  • barbstillkickin Dec 2, 2011

    THIS IS ALL SO SAD. WE HAVE CONVICTED HIM ON LINE AND USED THE RACE CARD AND USED THE LEGAL SYSTEM. WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO UNDERSTAND IT REALLY DOES NOT MATTER. THIS PERSON(KILLER) WILL HAVE A MINIMUM OF 6 TRIALS BECAUSE OF ONE REASON OR ANOTHER. IN MY OPINION I GUESS WE SHOULD ALL GET OUR CHECK BOOKS READY. TAXES WILL GO UP AGAIN TO PAY FOR ALL THE TRAILS JUST LIKE THAT WIFE KILLER IS GETTING A NEW TRIAL AGAIN.

  • beachboater Dec 2, 2011

    I would not be allowed to sit on that jury.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 1, 2011

    This should be considered as a hate crime.

    If the victim had been black and the killer had been white it would be considered a hate crime.

    Seems that in our Politically Correct world, it can only be a hate crime if the victim is a minority or someone who's protected from discrimination by our laws.

  • twc Dec 1, 2011

    "At the risk of being accused of all sorts of things...

    What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
    terrible terrier"

    That's probably why they're selecting jurors.

    If you're referring to the posts here, try to think of them as unsworn opinions.

    Hope that makes you feel better.

  • terrible terrier Dec 1, 2011

    At the risk of being accused of all sorts of things...

    What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

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