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Trial begins in Shaw student's 1996 death

Posted February 22

Edwin Christopher Lawing
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— Almost 20 years after a Shaw University student disappeared, a Concord man charged with killing her went on trial Monday in Raleigh.

Edwin Christopher Lawing, 41, is charged with murder in the death of Lacoy McQueen.

McQueen, 20, was reported missing May 17, 1996, when she never showed up to meet a friend at North Carolina State University's Bell Tower. A construction crew discovered her remains off U.S. Highway 1 near Kittrell nine months later.

Lawing, an N.C. State student at the time, was initially arrested in the case, but prosecutors dismissed a murder charge against him because of a lack of evidence.

According to WRAL News reports from 1997, friends said McQueen was pregnant and that she and Lawing had been arguing about the pregnancy when she disappeared.

Evidence from the case was tested again two years ago – the tests were unavailable to investigators in the mid-1990s – and Lawing was again charged with murder in December 2014.

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