Feds amend indictment against UNC murder suspect
Federal prosecutors have added language to the original indictment, now calling the murder of Eve Carson "especially heinous, cruel and depraved."Posted — Updated
Atwater and Lovette were arrested within a week and charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping under state law.
If convicted of the state charges, Atwater could face the death penalty. Orange County juries, however, have rarely sentenced defendants to death row.
Executions are rare in federal cases. Since 1977, there have been three, including Timothy McVeigh for his role in the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
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