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UNC murder suspect back in court

Posted May 24, 2010

— One of two men charged in the slaying of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's student body president returns to court Monday, more than a month after pleading guilty to federal charges related to the case.

Demario Atwater is scheduled to appear in an Orange County Superior Courtroom at 2 p.m. on several felony charges, including first-degree murder, armed robbery and kidnapping, in the March 5, 2008, shooting death of Eve Marie Carson.

Sources tell WRAL News that attorneys have been working on a plea deal in the state case, but there's been no official confirmation of an agreement.

Eve Carson Carson's accused killer back in court

Atwater pleaded guilty April 19 to federal charges in Carson's death, avoiding a possible death sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for September.

He also faces the death penalty if convicted in Orange County, but an Orange County jury has not sentenced a person to death in about 70 years.

Police found Carson's body in a neighborhood several blocks from the UNC campus while responding to reports of gunshots.

An autopsy found that Carson, 22, was shot five times and suffered wounds to the right temple and to her right hand – likely because she had raised her right arm to protect herself.

Chapel Hill investigators believe Atwater and another man, Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., kidnapped Carson and forced her to withdraw $1,400 from ATMs before killing her.

Lovette also faces several charges in the case, including first-degree murder, but because he was under age 18 at the time of the crime, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling makes him ineligible for the death penalty.

Lovette also is charged with murder in the slaying of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato, who was found shot to death in his off-campus apartment two months prior to Carson's death.


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  • HighRiskCO May 24, 2010

    WRAL how about reporting the facts accurately.

    WRAL reports: An autopsy found that Carson, 22, was shot five times with a shotgun and suffered wounds to the right temple and to her right hand – likely because she had raised her right arm to protect herself.

    The medical examiner's autopsy report showed that Carson was shot five times, with the first four shots from a small caliber handgun. The first wound was to her right cheek, the second to her right shoulder, the third to her right upper arm and the fourth to the right side of her buttocks, Woodall said. The fifth shot, from a sawed-off shotgun to Carson's temple, was immediately fatal, according to Woodall.

    I guess WRAL can't report the actual facts correctly resulting in inaccurate reporting.

  • seankelly15 May 24, 2010

    hardwork919 - Speculation is one thing; starting a rumor based on absolutely nothing (other than your complete lack of understand of plea deals in general and this case in particular) is offensive to this poor woman's memory and subsequent death. I have had it with you stoop gossips. You trashed the memory of State School Board member and her sister with this ‘speculation’. Gossip is gossip – you are making this stuff up.

  • heat764 May 24, 2010

    I say an eye for an eye. Let me be his judge, jury, and executioner.

  • hardwork919 May 24, 2010

    "hardwork... are you the investigator? How do you know this or are you just speculating? It would shock me if she had a relationship with this guy- what the heck did he have to offer her? She probably wouldn't have given him the time of day."SO LOW

    I'm sure it would shock you to know they had a relationship which is proving my point... no I'm not the investigator... did I ever say "I have evidence of a relationship?" No... it's just a feeling... I'm not saying it's true... I didn't realize we weren't allowed to speculate on GOLO anymore...

  • ccsloop May 24, 2010

    The most tragic thing is they murdered her in cold blood for nothing. They were both arrested within days.

  • tatermommy52 May 24, 2010

    The DA in Orange County knows that Orange County juries regularly engage in psycho-social verdicts that justify their ultra liberalism and makes them feel warm and fuzzy about themselves. I would not send my daughter to Chapel Hill because her life may depend upon it.

  • Barrackawack May 24, 2010

    seankelly15,guess the "HATE CRIMES" bill needs to be changed. Maybe if this brutal murder did not change your mind you need to WIKI the Christian /Newsom murders in Knoxville.

  • sawcoins May 24, 2010

    Don't worry folks, It doesn't really matter what the court decides, because God's law will prevail in the end. No verdict will bring Eve back or erase what this person has done. God says vengence will be his and all I can say for this guy is hell's going to be hot!

  • aquamarine46 May 24, 2010

    needmocash...........do you get any exercise OTHER than JUMPING to conclusions. You should also be ashamed of yourself along with hardwork919.,

  • Anneleise May 24, 2010

    Here comes yet another "plea-deal". Rediculous! They both should get no better than they gave Eve Carson. The court system is a joke. Why waste our money keeping these low-life pieces of trash warm, healthy, & well entertained? this is absolutely disgusting!