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Murder suspect in Duke, UNC shootings faces new charges

Posted October 13, 2008

— A man in jail on charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of two local college students was indicted last week in connection with a burglary case in Cary last year.

Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., 17, of Durham, now faces charges of felony larceny, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, first-degree burglary and felony possession of a stolen vehicle in the case.

According to the indictment, Lovette broke into a house at 101 Gorge Court sometime between 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 5 and allegedly stole a Honda Accord and Subaru Forester, as well as a cell phone, phone charger and money from the residence.

Cary police would not say how they linked Lovette to the break-in.

Lovette is accused in the Jan. 18 shooting death of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato, 29, who was found dead in his apartment, shot once at point-blank range in the forehead.

He also faces multiple other charges in the March 5 shooting death of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Eve Marie Carson. An autopsy found she had been shot five times, including once to her head with a shotgun.

Lovette could potentially face federal carjacking charges in connection with Carson's death. Federal authorities have opened an investigation into the case but have yet to file any charges.

Because he was under age 18 at the time of the alleged homicides, Lovette would be ineligible for the death penalty if convicted. The maximum sentence he could face is life in prison.

Another man, Stephen Oates, 19, of Durham, is also charged with murder in Mahato's death.

Demario James Atwater, 22, is also charged with murder in Carson's death and could also face federal charges. Orange County's prosecutor has said he plans to seek the death penalty if Atwater is found guilty.


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  • mondosinistro Oct 13, 2008

    sweetsea--you think the "censors" at WRAL.COM are Obama supporters?! *WRAL*???? Thanks, you've just provided my amusement for today.

    As for you who think the DP will put a stop to this kind of thing, you're living in a fantasy world. If you think the way the Taliban or some such group do things is so great, maybe you should go to Afghanistan or some such place. Me, I think I'd feel safer in one of those wussy Scandinavian countries where they don't execute anybody.

    Not that we shouldn't do something, but IMO the answer is to intervene MUCH earlier. WAY before you get to the 30 or so violations that Atswatter had, by even your third, you should be under INTENSE scrutiny. We're much too hung up in this country about privacy, at least WRT those who take their private troubles to the public sphere. Before even a 4th violation, either of these 2 shouldn't've been able to take an oversize DUMP without somebody in corrections knowing about it,

  • whatusay Oct 13, 2008

    This young man needs to be executed within 90 days after his trial. To let him live another year will be a waste of tax payers money.

  • another opinion Oct 13, 2008

    I posted earlier but it did not make the comment page. We should do like they do in the middle east except a bit more. brand them with an M for murderer and a T for thief. remove their arm for a murder and their hand for stealing. N prison time and no welfare or other social benefits. Why should we support them? They chose and now they get their reward. No more freeloading at the expense of others.

  • sweetsea Oct 13, 2008

    Obama and Bill Ayers were trying to get those under 18 exempted from being tried as adults. If I don't get edited out you may check this out for yourself. This guy was 17 when he murdered Eve Carson and under the Obama plan he would go to juvenile and then back among us in short order. This is true. Maybe the censors should check this item for accuracy and not censor it because it reflects poorly on "their" man Obama.

  • Weetie Oct 13, 2008

    oh yeah Madbiker. He'll go to prison and we will pay for him to become a jailhouse lawyer along with all the other FREE amentities he thinks he "deserves." What a waste of human life!

  • Weetie Oct 13, 2008

    I agree with benjaminbynum! Parents should be held accountable.
    Then maybe they will start raising them AT HOME and keep them off the streets.

  • benjaminbynum Oct 13, 2008

    Yet another black male loss to the system. Where was his parent or parents when he was out running around all times of day and night committing all sorts of injustices. Why wasn't he in school trying to get an education. I blame the parent for allowing their young kids to go astray. Maybe if we started prosecuting the parents they would get control of their children.

  • Hip-Shot Oct 13, 2008

    If there ever was a case for the death penalty this is it. However they can't impose it. He should have to at least look at pictures of the 2 people he killed the rest of his life. Post those poor deceased people's image in his cell such that he has to continually view them.

  • Southern Fried Yankee Oct 13, 2008

    Once he's convicted, make all the sentences consecutive......about 450 years worth would be reasonable....

  • PlanetX Oct 13, 2008

    "What is he doing out on the streets is what I want to know? He is connected to two murders, what does the justice system want ... to make it three. Lock him up and throw away the key!"

    He's NOT out - this burglary was committed before he was arrested.