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Defendant in NCCU student's slaying wants warrants thrown out

Posted August 28, 2009

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— Attorneys for a Durham man accused of killing a North Carolina Central University student and leaving her body along Interstate 540 in Raleigh asked a judge Friday to throw out two search warrants in the case.

Robert Lee Adams Reaves is charged with first-degree murder in the January 2008 stabbing death of Latrese Matral Curtis, 21.

Drivers found her body along I-540 near Louisburg Road on the morning of Jan. 30. She had been stabbed nearly 40 times in the head, neck, chest and stomach.

Attorneys George Kelly and Margaret Lunden argued before Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens that Wake County sheriff's deputies had no jurisdiction to serve the two warrants for Reaves' computers, because Reaves at the time lived in Durham.

Stephens, however, denied the defense's request, meaning the evidence from those searches will be allowed into evidence when the case goes to trial. A date has been set for the week of Sept. 21.

Wake County prosecutors say Reaves killed Curtis in a jealous rage because she was having a romantic relationship with his roommate.

According to search warrants, Curtis had gone to Reaves' house to see his roommate but that he was not home at the time. Prosecutors have said in court that Reaves then followed Curtis and killed her.

Reaves, who at the time was a minister at Cedar International Fellowship in Durham, has said he was at a church function the night Curtis was killed. Prosecutors have said police can prove he wasn't there.

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  • nathanius Aug 28, 2009

    Her name was Denita Smith. I am not sure the status of the case, I think the girl pleaded not guilty though. I hope both of these defendants rot in jail or get the death penalty.

    "What is the status of the case re: the other young murdered NCCU student? I don't recall her name. She was engaged to a Greensboro police officer (I think) and his ex-girlfriend, the 911 dispatcher, drove to Durham and murdered the student."

  • Lars Marson Aug 28, 2009

    I hope the defendant in this case gets the electric chair and if NC had a firing squad as a means of punishment he would be deserving of such punishment!! As a former Criminology/Pre Law student, I hope her family gets the justice they so deserve!!

  • Professor Aug 28, 2009

    The warrant should not be thrown out. This person should get life in prison without parole. Wake up Judge and jury and do what is right according to the situatio and law. This could have been your daughter thrown out on the side of the highway.

  • tina2117 Aug 28, 2009

    What is the status of the case re: the other young murdered NCCU student? I don't recall her name. She was engaged to a Greensboro police officer (I think) and his ex-girlfriend, the 911 dispatcher, drove to Durham and murdered the student.

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Aug 28, 2009

    Wake County sheriff's deputies had no jurisdiction to serve the two warrants for Reaves' computers, because Reaves at the time lived in Durham.

    They were investigating a felony which means they can go anywhere in the state. Nice try, glad the Judge knows the law. They are reaching for anything to get him off apparently