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Duke-UNC murder suspect faces fewer charges

Posted December 17, 2008 6:43 p.m. EST

— A Durham man charged in the shooting deaths of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Eve Carson will end up fighting fewer charges in court.

Four cases unrelated to the slayings were dropped against Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. Durham's interim district attorney, David Saacks, said he believes prosecutors did not have enough evidence to move forward.

Assistant District Attorney Tracey Cline, who is handling the case, could not be reached for comment.

The charges were dropped in August. WRAL News discovered the dismissal Tuesday.

The alleged offenses – first-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting a public officer – happened in late January and early February.

Lovette was arrested in March in connection with Carson's March 5 shooting death and was later connected to Mahato's Jan. 18 shooting death.

If he's found guilty of either of the crimes, the maximum sentence he could face is life in prison.