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Jury selection nearly complete in UNC murder trial

Posted December 5, 2011

— Opening statements could begin as early as Tuesday in the trial of a man charged in the shooting death of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's student body president more than three years ago.

WRAL.com archive: Eve Carson murder case

Defense attorneys and prosecutors chose the 12th member of the jury Monday morning in the trial of Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., 21, who is charged with first-degree murder in the March 5, 2008, death of Eve Marie Carson, 22.

Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour, however, sent jurors home for the day. Three alternate jurors still need to be selected. Baddour had anticipated only seating two alternate jurors but decided Monday on three.

Investigators say Lovette and Demario James Atwater kidnapped Carson from her Chapel Hill home and forced her to withdraw $1,400 from ATMs before they shot her five times in a neighborhood about a half-mile from the UNC campus.

Atwater pleaded guilty last year to charges in Carson's death and is serving a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole. Lovette also faces life in prison if convicted.

WRAL News plans to carry the trial live on WRAL.com once jury selection is complete.

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  • fayncmike Dec 6, 2011

    "I would be happy to serve on this jury free of charge! He deserves the death penalty. Life without parole is not punishment enough.
    scarlett2

    And people ask what's wrong with thew American justice system?

    With all due respect, you're what's wrong with thew American justice system.

  • fayncmike Dec 6, 2011

    I think the news media has presented a pretty iron clad case against Lovette. I feel I could sleep through the trial and still cast a guilty vote with a clear conscience.
    beachboater

    Which is exactly why you should not be allowed to do jury duty.

  • fayncmike Dec 6, 2011

    "the wrong human's rights" There is no such thing. Human rights is all inclusive.

  • Mr. D3 Dec 5, 2011

    Yep, same yahoos from the peanut gallery once again protecting the wrong human's rights, and no coincidence they come out of the woodwork when the victim & offender meet their criteria.

  • fayncmike Dec 5, 2011

    ""Uh, until the trial is over he's no more guilty of the murder than you are."

    Easy to say from the peanut gallery.

    Let me know when you volunteer to house this "innocent" person next door to you and your family, then you'll have some credibility.
    RKBA"

    I guess you've never heard the basic tenet of law, "Innocent until proven guilty?" That's how it works here in the USA. Perhaps you'd be more content in China or Cuba? In those places they don't bother with the incites of human rights. No, of course you wouldn't want to live in China or Cuba. You want all your rights even though you'd deny those same rights to others. Just what makes you think you're more deserving of basic human rights than the defendant in this case?

    And let me tell you something else. People responding as many here are increase the chances of Lovette going free even if he does prove to be guilty. Some Yahoo on the jury could well read the comments here and compromise the integrity of the entire trial.

  • WRALSUCKS Dec 5, 2011

    "Uh, until the trial is over he's no more guilty of the murder than you are."

    Easy to say from the peanut gallery.

    Let me know when you volunteer to house this "innocent" person next door to you and your family, then you'll have some credibility.

  • fayncmike Dec 5, 2011

    "3. Even if he was 18, Eve's family would not have pushed for the penalty because they are morally opposed to it. carrboroyouth"

    Of course they wouldn't push for state sanctioned murder. Why would they want to lower themselves to the level of the murderer? They're decent people not savages. When we had a family member murdered it would have never occurred to us to push for the killer's murder. As a matter of fact we made it known that we would strongly oppose any state sanctioned murder.

  • fayncmike Dec 5, 2011

    "We you are disabled and have to go and live in the assisted living or nursing home, what race will be taking care of you."

    After this comment, I should think anyone but you would be just fine.

  • fayncmike Dec 5, 2011

    "I would be happy to serve on this jury free of charge! He deserves the death penalty. Life without parole is not punishment enough.
    scarlett2"

    With all due respect, you are exactly the type of person that should never be allowed to serve jury duty. Until the trial is over and the verdict in, assuming it's guilty, the man is as innocent of the crime as you are.

  • fayncmike Dec 5, 2011

    "Let me be on the jury! PLEASE. Life in prison with no parole. Death penalty if it applies (or is he too young?).
    penny for your thoughts"

    Uh, until the trial is over he's no more guilty of the murder than you are.

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