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UNC murder suspect to be arraigned on federal charges

Posted November 11, 2008

— One of two men charged in the shooting death of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Eve Carson will be moved from Central Prison next week.

The U.S. magistrate has ordered Demario James Atwater be moved Nov. 17 to the Middle District of North Carolina for an arraignment in U.S. District Court on Dec. 2.

Atwater, 22, faces federal charges of carjacking resulting in death in connection with Carson's March 5 slaying. The charges carry a potential death sentence if he is found guilty.

Investigators believe Atwater and another man, Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr, 17, kidnapped the 22-year-old and forced her to withdraw $1,400 from ATMs before shooting her five times, including once in the head, near UNC's campus.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall has said he is also seeking the death penalty on the local charges related to the crime, which include first-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping.

While at Central Prison, where he's been since his arrest, Atwater has received nine infractions, which include lock tampering, gang involvement and threats to staff.


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  • mondosinistro Nov 12, 2008

    He may get to wait a lot, but another trial seems very unlikely at this point. Many things are possible, but at this point I'm very curious about what sort of defense his lawyers can possibly present. That'll be something to see.

  • whatusay Nov 12, 2008

    He will live longer than most of us while awaiting trial, another trial, another trial.

  • SalemWWX Nov 12, 2008

    Y'know this guy is using up oxygen and other resources that could be put to better use.....

  • mondosinistro Nov 12, 2008

    If he escapes, I don't know where he would go. It's not like in the Shawshank Redemption, where you could escape and hang out on the beach in Mexico. No place to hide any more.

  • Thought Criminal WS Nov 12, 2008

    9 infractions including: LOCK TAMPERING, gang activity, and threats to staff....He's facing life without parole, or the death penatly.

    HELLO the writing is on the wall, this guy is going to kill to escape if he can. Afterall, if he fails he's not any worse off!

  • nealsgirl Nov 12, 2008

    Thanks 4lilboys, I really didn't mean to sound ignorant, but, truth is, I am, when it comes to prison. Thank God!

  • 4lilboys Nov 12, 2008

    nealsgirl - to answer your question, nothing terrible happens to you. An infraction is what it is called when you were caught breaking the rules. You may loose your phone or canteen privileges for a week, you may loose a visit from a visitor, nothing big. The biggest thing would probably be being put in the "hole", solitary confinement for a period of time.

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  • mondosinistro Nov 11, 2008

    Of course, those 9 infractions may just mean that his reputation precedes him, and there are some who are already on the outlook for him. Not that this, if true, bothers me one bit.


    BTW I see that at wral.com they're still cutting and pasting when they build these stories, repeating verbatim that paragraph about how they "forced her to withdraw" $1400, and shot her once in the head (when in fact it was twice). I guess they can't be bothered with those picky details.

  • nathanius Nov 11, 2008

    If the criminal justice system went after every killer like this we would have less crime. If people knew they would pay the piper they would think about it.