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Indictments detail weapons linked to Eve Carson case

Posted July 8, 2008
Updated July 31, 2008

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— Indictments returned Monday in the Eve Carson homicide case reveal some new information about the weapons believed to be connected to the UNC senior's death.

The documents, released Tuesday, indicate investigators have linked two guns to the suspects – a sawed-off Harrington & Richardson Topper model 12-gauge shotgun and an Excam GT-27 .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Although the indictments list the weapons' serial numbers, authorities will not say whether investigators have confiscated the weapons. Nor will authorities say if the weapons were used in Carson's shooting.

Already charged with first-degree murder, Demario James Atwater, 22, and Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., 17, were indicted Monday on one count each of first-degree kidnapping, armed robbery, 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 say was in his possession.

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.

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  • Common Sense Man Jul 9, 2008

    "FUNNY BECAUSE UP HERE IN THE MANY POST THAT HAVE BEEN POSTED FROM THIS CASE, FOLKS WERE QUICK TO SAY THOSE THAT COMMIT A CRIME IS SICK AND SHOULDNT BREATH LIFE AGAIN. NOW YOU WANNA TWIST THIS AND BLAME A DEAD VICTIM FROM A CASE THAT ALL INFO WAS PUBLIC PROPERTY AND NO ONE THAT FOUGHT TO KEEPS EYES RECORD SEALED IN THIS VERY POST COULD CARELESS ABOUT THE NCCU'S STUDENT DEATH PERIOD?"

    Congrats, that's the longest sentence I've ever seen.

  • 68_polara Jul 9, 2008

    The same violent felons continue to commit the same violent crimes over and over again unabated by the revolving door of the criminal justice system. Justice doen't exist in Durham, it's basically up to you to protect yourself and loved ones. The only way change will occur is if we stop electing liberal judges like Orlando Hudson in Durham county, unfortunately that won't happen.

  • doodad Jul 9, 2008

    Your're right, Durham County, but still how many are let loose immaturely? One is too many.

  • mondosinistro Jul 9, 2008

    It won't be any four years going to trial. When you make the Big Boys cry, you will be made an example. Count on it.

    doodad, just one thing, maybe a bit of a quibble, but I think we need to be careful to get this kind of detail right: I believe it was in Durham County where the big screwups occurred, not Wake.

  • doodad Jul 9, 2008

    How long did the investigation and questions surrounding Princes Diana's remain in the news? For months and years. Why? Because of her worldly popularity and admiration.

    Eve Carson was a public figure to a major university in NC and the US. Thanks to basketball, Carolina is a common name spoken throughout basketball and sports fans all over the country.

    Here is a young woman who had a reputation and respect for the devotion and sacrifices for giving of herself to help others. She was abducted from her apartment, robbed, and brutally murdered and left in the street by two men who both had records and one had murdered a graduate student weeks before. This is a high profile case. People in the Wake County Court House failed at their jobs. They are partly responsible for her death. We all need to be riled by this because it affects all us when they allow crimminals too many chances to walk the streets and prey upon the rest of us. If you don't like the coverage, don't read

  • whatusay Jul 9, 2008

    When will these two go to trial? Hopefully before we all forget about what they did. Same as the James Johnson case, 4 years and counting.

  • wakemom Jul 9, 2008

    I agree. I'm sick of this story also. This case is no different from every other person that has been murdered in cold blood. ============================================================ Besides the fact that she was the student body president of the University of North Carolina and not a UNNU student that was sleeping around on her hubby... there is no difference.
    st295x98

    FUNNY BECAUSE UP HERE IN THE MANY POST THAT HAVE BEEN POSTED FROM THIS CASE, FOLKS WERE QUICK TO SAY THOSE THAT COMMIT A CRIME IS SICK AND SHOULDNT BREATH LIFE AGAIN. NOW YOU WANNA TWIST THIS AND BLAME A DEAD VICTIM FROM A CASE THAT ALL INFO WAS PUBLIC PROPERTY AND NO ONE THAT FOUGHT TO KEEPS EYES RECORD SEALED IN THIS VERY POST COULD CARELESS ABOUT THE NCCU'S STUDENT DEATH PERIOD?

  • shep8851 Jul 9, 2008

    sawed off shotguns are also known as "street sweepers"--and at one time were openly for sale to the public in gun shops, pawn shops, etc. As far as I know, they are still legally available.

  • Common Sense Man Jul 8, 2008

    About the WMD comments: No, it's not like a saw-off shotgun is a bomb, but I want the law on the books. I don't want thugs carrying around saw-offed shotguns. They are more dangerous and much easier to conceal. Quit hating on a good law. Just because your hear "WMD" doesn't mean it's about the war.

  • st295x98 Jul 8, 2008

    I agree. I'm sick of this story also. This case is no different from every other person that has been murdered in cold blood.
    ============================================================
    Besides the fact that she was the student body president of the University of North Carolina and not a UNNU student that was sleeping around on her hubby... there is no difference.

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