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Jury finds man guilty in killing of UNCC student

Posted March 21, 2011

— A Gaston County jury has found a man guilty of killing a University of North Carolina-Charlotte student nearly three years ago.

The jury in Gastonia reached its verdict after about two hours of deliberation Monday. The judge then sentenced 42-year-old Mark Carver to life in prison without parole.

Carver and his cousin, Neal Cassada, were accused of strangling 20-year-old Irina Yarmolenko, a graduate of Chapel Hill High School, on the banks of the Catawba River in May 2008.

Cassada died from a heart attack the day before his trial was set to begin last year.

Carver said he was innocent. Forensic experts testified that his DNA was found on Yarmolenko's car but not on the drawstring, bag handle and bungee cord used to strangle her.

Yarmolenko's brother, Pavel, thanked the jury after the verdict was announced.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 22, 2011

    rhowerton, while you thank your god for the verdict... do you entirely miss the point that your god was absent when the girl really needed help?...when these two men descended upon her?

    Who here would ignore her screams and what would we think of such a being?

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  • Keyboard Toughy Mar 21, 2011

    "Since they like their line of work, send them to Iraq, Libia, Pakastan to fight the terrorist. Plenty of work there for them to do." - lakeyk1

    Sounds good, but remember they (as in "IT") only go after people who won't or can't fight back. Like in this case, two large men attacking a small girl. But it would be a fun PPV to order.

  • lakeyk1 Mar 21, 2011

    I agree with bubbadukeforpresident. These fellons like to kill, torture, steal and are repeat offenders. Since they like their line of work, send them to Iraq, Libia, Pakastan to fight the terrorist. Plenty of work there for them to do. lakeyk1

  • dlk13ster Mar 21, 2011

    That poor, poor girl.

    God grant her peace.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Mar 21, 2011

    Prison overcrowding could be managed by exporting our criminals overseas, like we do our jobs and our money.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 21, 2011

    What people fail accept...what they conveniently "forget"...is that our jails could house 10%-15% more criminals...REAL criminals like this guy...if they'd just stop prosecuting victimless crimes...like possessing the leaf of a weed.

    Or, you could make it easier for guys like this to get bail, lighter sentences & quicker parole because of jail overcrowding. Your choice.

  • smith736 Mar 21, 2011

    OMG not wildcats inane postings again ! Someone do a criminal backround check on wildcat.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 21, 2011

    WRALgolo2.1, how do you propose to "remove threats from society" and still adhere to our Constitution?

  • WRALgolo2.1 Mar 21, 2011

    We have become a nation of spineless sheep that are more afraid of stepping on the toes of criminals than removing threats from society.