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Eve Carson murder suspects indicted on additional charges

Posted July 7, 2008
Updated July 8, 2008

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— The two men charged with murder in the death of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Student Body President Eve Carson were each indicted Monday on additional charges, including first-degree kidnapping and armed robbery.

Demario James Atwater, 22, and Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., 17, also face one count each of felonious larceny and felonious possession of stolen goods.

Atwater was also indicted on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of weapon of mass destruction for the size of the shotgun that investigators believe was used to kill Carson.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said that if the overall size of a shotgun is less than 26 inches or the barrel is less than 18 inches, it could be considered a weapon of mass destruction.

But he declined to comment on whether the new charges meant authorities have recovered the weapons used in Carson's death. He also declined to say whether the weapons charge meant investigators believe Atwater used a shotgun to shoot Carson.

"We indicted in a way that the investigators and the prosecutors in my office who reviewed the evidence as we know it today felt comfortable," he said.

Chapel Hill police found Carson, 22, of Athens, Ga., dead several blocks from the UNC campus on March 5 while responding to a report of gunshots. She had been shot five times, including once to her head with a shotgun, according to an autopsy report released last week.

Search warrants released last month suggest both suspects might have shot Carson; a confidential informant told investigators that Atwater told her Lovette shot Carson multiple times and that Atwater subsequently shot her.

Also, federal sources told WRAL News Monday that federal investigators are also looking at carjacking charges against the two suspects, – a charge that can carry a death penalty sentence if prosecutors can prove the carjacking was committed during a homicide.

Woodall has not indicated whether he will seek the death penalty against Atwater. A hearing was scheduled for Monday but was postponed until Aug. 11.

Woodall said the move was to give defense attorneys to review more information on the case and to give Carson's family an opportunity to travel for the hearing. He did not say if they planned to do so.

Possible federal charges are significant because Orange County juries have rarely sent someone to death row. The last defendant executed from Orange County was in 1948.

Under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Lovette cannot be tried on capital murder charges, because he was under the age of 18 at the time he allegedly committed the crime.


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  • big dady Jul 9, 2008

    give death penalty. if one of them was a minor on the day of the crime at the age of 17 knows the good and bad I think nobody wants it free at 10 or 15 years later

  • ECO Jul 8, 2008

    Color,Race,Religion makes no difference to me. If you kill you should have the same fate. We as a Country are too nice and as long as we keep giving a slap on the wrist and a free jail cell and food there will be these kind of monsters walking this free land keeping us in danger.

  • ptahandatum Jul 8, 2008

    Hey Wags. You and swisher sweet smoking the same thing? Remember, MEN wrote those scriptures, not a single god or angel did. You're worshiping men. You and she would be far better off spending your time with a good psychiatrist. As noted in the article, no gods, angels or any such thing was ever seen nor mentioned. This young lady lost her life tragically, but her memory continues on.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Jul 8, 2008

    OK Rev.....Maybe anything IS possible! I completely agree with this whole post!

    "I don't believe in the death penalty because I think it's the easy way out and doesn't make sense to kill someone for killing someone. I think it should be up to God, and it doesn't serve as a deterrant anyway."

    Firstly, for law abiding citizens to pay for the upkeep and welfare of law breakers is what doesn't make sense.

    And God said it best when He said, "An eye for an eye..." which is what I firmly believe in.

    And never ever in The Bible did God encourage us to have any sympathy for law breakers. In fact He heartily encouraged us to purge them from our midst.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Wags Jul 8, 2008

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.

  • ptahandatum Jul 8, 2008

    "And God said it best when He said, "An eye for an eye..." which is what I firmly believe in." Obviously you are smoking something strange again. No god or angel ever said such a thing. Men did, but no gods or angels. Keep to the story, please?

  • HdM Jul 8, 2008

    ctechic2004- "As far as the Lacrosse case, the public hardly heard about the one from DC that had been charged with assault on a black guy."

    Yeah, that was probably the most reported bar fight in history:

    Google Search Results 1 - 10 of about 9,190 for colin finnerty assault. (0.28 seconds)

    latimes.com, newsobserver.com, washingtonpost.com, foxnews.com, wral.com, usatoday.com, msnbc.msn.com, nytimes.com, cnn.com, newsday.com, abcnews.go.com, washtimes.com, blackpressusa.com,

    And he wasn't black!!

  • aerolove2k Jul 8, 2008

    LOL @ all the people saying it was going to be sexual assault. If you read any of WRAL's stories, a rape kit is standard in a situation like this. These kids are gonna go away for a long time and over what? $1400?

  • teacher56 Jul 8, 2008

    I think the people of the world need to unite. Pick an isolated island or country out in the middle of an ocean. Send all the people like these two characters from all over the world to that island. Give them enough tools, etc. to enable them to farm and care for themselves and leave them be. Visit them once or twice a year to see what they might need. Society is made up of lots of people from one end of a spectrum to the other, but for these pieces of trash who have no respect for rules, laws, life, etc. let them deal with each other away from the rest of us.

  • 1opinion Jul 8, 2008

    eviltwinbob - thanks for the heartfelt sharing. We all have them in our families. Does anyone have any studies that show rehabilitation for violent criminals works? I can see the small time thief or drugie, but I just don't see it in violent criminals.