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Indictments detail weapons linked to Eve Carson case

Posted July 8, 2008 11:04 a.m. EDT
Updated July 31, 2008 3:40 p.m. EDT

— Indictments returned Monday in the Eve Carson homicide case reveal some new information about the weapons believed to be connected to the UNC senior's death.

The documents, released Tuesday, indicate investigators have linked two guns to the suspects – a sawed-off Harrington & Richardson Topper model 12-gauge shotgun and an Excam GT-27 .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Although the indictments list the weapons' serial numbers, authorities will not say whether investigators have confiscated the weapons. Nor will authorities say if the weapons were used in Carson's shooting.

Already charged with first-degree murder, Demario James Atwater, 22, and Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., 17, were indicted Monday on one count each of first-degree kidnapping, armed robbery, felonious larceny and felonious possession of stolen goods.

Atwater was also indicted on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of weapon of mass destruction for the size of the shotgun that investigators say was in his possession.

Chapel Hill police found Carson, 22, of Athens, Ga., dead several blocks from the UNC campus on March 5 while responding to a report of gunshots. She had been shot five times, including once to her head with a shotgun, according to an autopsy report released last week.