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Judge delays ruling on bid for tips in UNC murder case

Posted January 13, 2010

— A judge in Orange County on Wednesday delayed ruling on a defense request for details about tipsters' calls to a crime hotline after the slaying of a student body president.

Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour probed the finer points of discovery law and the policies of Crime Stoppers Wednesday before making a decision about whether lawyers for two murder suspects should get broader access to records of tips called in to the program.

He was expected to rule on the matter Wednesday but said that he will reserve his ruling to look at additional documents. A ruling could come next week, he said.

Demario James Atwater and Laurence Alvin Lovette are accused of killing University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson in March 2008.

Police found Carson, 22, dead about a half-mile from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while responding to early-morning reports of gunshots. She had been shot five times, according to an autopsy report.

At a hearing last month, defense attorneys argued that they should see all information that would be helpful to their case, not just what authorities consider relevant.

District Attorney Jim Woodall argued that broader access to the Crime Stoppers information would expose the identities of callers who are promised anonymity.


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  • fuzzmom Jan 14, 2010

    Hello!! Tipsters are not accusors! The point of a tipster is to lead to "evidence" that will be used against the defendants. Tipsters are no more than arrows in the right direction. Tipsters are only paid, for example, if their "tips" lead to credible "evidence".

  • RonnieR Jan 13, 2010

    I used to work with a crime stopper group back when they were first getting started in the early 1980s. As a detective, I had no idea who was providing the info, nor did the call taker. A number was given to the tipster and he/she (pervert kind or not) was told to call back at a later date to confirm if they had a reward coming. I took the info and worked it, if it bore fruit, I told the crimestopper chairman how much it helped. When the tipster called back, he/she was directed to a local bank and told to tell the bank city exec his/her number and give a code word. The city exec handed the person the envelope with the money and the tipster left. So if this crime stopper org operates as it should, then there are no names to reveal.

  • luvbailey Jan 13, 2010

    I hate to see any delay in this trial or any other trial. Soon will be 2 years since the murder. Time to try them. And NO to revealing the tippers.

  • PookieYam Jan 13, 2010

    Why do they need to know who? So they can take them out too?

  • lilluke0 Jan 13, 2010

    Where in the world did this simple-one-track minded (ericeric99)come from?? They must be living on a remote Island some where in the lower Pacific. We can't defeat the purpose of our tipster's Hot-line! Our law enforcement needs all the help we can offer them.These lawyers got all they need to go forward.They(lawyers) are trying to get an all expences paid vacation!!

  • alx Jan 13, 2010

    Worrying about tipsters,,, what about the family of the young lady who was killed by these racist monsters?

  • WRALblows Jan 13, 2010

    "The tipsters have not ACCUSED ANYBODY of anything."

    How do you know this? Do you have information the defense does not? If so give 'em a call because they would sure like to hear the same recorded tips you got access to.

  • WRALblows Jan 13, 2010

    "Why are these two still breathing?????"

    Because we have this nasty, inconvenient little catch called Due Process. You know that crazy "liberal" agenda meant to make sure criminals go free. Let's all write our representatives and get rid of it. Crazy liberals.

  • WRALblows Jan 13, 2010

    Here's a thought, albeit an unpopular notion: What if, in fact, these two didn't do it?

    I feel they'd have little room to prove their innocence with the like of the hang 'em high Harry's on this forum in the jury box. Everyone's real judgmental, not impartial.

    Let's just ignore that concept and convict them publicly in the absence of any real evidence or facts that would be presented in a court of law. Why waste the money anymore? We'll just let the GOLO forum gang read an article, watch a news clip, rush to judgment and hold executions on Fridays.

    The best offense is not a good defense. It's not allowing any defense at all. We'll just use the French Revolution tactic of publicly "denouncing" anyone not in agreement. I'll have the guillotine polished and sharpened by Friday. Moore Square, high noon.

  • lilluke0 Jan 13, 2010

    Why are they(lawyers)still trying to justify they need more to go on concerning these two crimials. Like my friend said, these lawyers think they can get an all expenses paid vacation. Stop lollie gaging around and put an end to this. It's prolonging the pain and hurt her family and friends has to endure with these fake excuses. Come on "Judge"you don't need to debate on this!!!