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Governor Offers $10K Reward in Carson Homicide

Posted March 19, 2008

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— The Office of the Governor is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of possible accessories after the fact in the slaying of Eve Marie Carson.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president was found in a neighborhood about a half-mile from the campus in the pre-dawn hours of March 5..

Two suspects, Demario James Atwater, 21, and Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., 17, have been charged with first-degree murder.

A proclamation issued by Gov. Mike Easley, however, says, "It is believed that further information may exist that could possibly implicate others as accessories after the fact."

Anyone having information about the case should contact the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 800-334-3000.

The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees had offered a $25,000 reward through Crime Stoppers, but it was unclear Wednesday whether the reward was still being offered.


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  • winchester73 Mar 20, 2008

    I presume the governor will be offering similar "rewards" for those murders that don't make front page news?

  • ctechic2004 Mar 19, 2008

    It is not against the law to withhold information from LEO or anyone else. The law can not make you tell what you don't want to tell. If you knew a crime had happened and didn't tell, you have not committed a crime. Legally no, but morally maybe. There was a case in Raleigh a few weeks ago when the defendant was released and murder charges were dropped because witnesses refused to testify. Is that not accessory after the fact? Why weren't they charged? Because it was a young black man murdered and his murderer was also black, so it wasn't important.

  • Citizen7265 Mar 19, 2008

    The Denita Smith Case as well as that of the Duke graduate student did receive media attention that was appropriate. If their friends, families, and coworkers had flooded the wral site with comments there would have been continued attention to their tragic stories also. The difference is the number of people Eve Carson touched in her life. That in no way makes her more "valuable" as a life, but it certainly ups her "news worthiness." Stop commenting on the site if you want to see the story treated with less media attention. Each time you comment, you increase the news worthiness of this case. I personally followed each of these cases because I am a mother soon to send a child off to college. I just wish we could keep th focus on stopping the crimes rather than whining about petty media coverage. MAy they all rest in peace.

  • ladyblue Mar 19, 2008

    I think that should include leads t who killed that smart intelligent duke student as well. Everyone seems to have forgotten him and his life was just as valuable as Eves's IMO. Not one word mentioned about him and ?"Atwater was the one who shot him in the head first before shooting Eve.

  • justwondering2 Mar 19, 2008

    piperchuck thanks for the info :-)

  • piperchuck Mar 19, 2008

    to justwondering2:

    Good questions. I don't know the entire process. The authorization comes from "15‑53.1. Governor may offer rewards for information leading to arrest and conviction." The limit is $10K. From info on the Governor's web site, the governor's legal council is responsible for reviewing them. I'm still trying to find an official source showing what rewards have been offered.

    Of interest is that these rewards seem to be very common. I've come across 5 or 6 more while I was looking for additional information on the program. Those who think the reward is something special for this case obviously have their heads in the sand.

  • piperchuck Mar 19, 2008

    to tab580642

    They've obviously got information that you don't have that leads them to think that offering the money in this case is worthwhile. Without the information they have, any speculation from you on the value of, or motive for, the reward is just that, speculation. And, as your posts show clearly, you certainly do love to speculate...

    I'm willing to take the reward at face value and I don't care what his motives are. If it sends a message that the people of this state are getting serious about prosecuting people who would protect criminals, great! If the reward helps get additional bad people off the street, it's money well spent.

  • justwondering2 Mar 19, 2008

    Questions.. Where does the reward money come from? If it is taxpayer money can the Govenor just do this without explaining himself further, ie why he has made the decision to offer this reward (other than just for accessory). Are there special funds set aside for this type of situation? Not whining because he is offering the reward.... just asking about the process.

    anyone know?

  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 19, 2008

    davidgnews: What's he trying to do, jump on some kind of bandwagon here?

    Of course.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 19, 2008

    The governor is simply doing his job. Way to go governor.