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UNC murder suspect to be arraigned on federal charges

Posted December 1, 2008 9:18 p.m. EST
Updated December 2, 2008 6:20 p.m. EST

— One of two men charged in the shooting death of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Eve Carson will be arraigned Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Greensboro.

Demario James 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, then 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 state charges related to the crime, which include first-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping.