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Laurence Lovette Jr. Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Eve Carson


Murder victim Eve Marie Carson: Her

killers blew her pretty, white face off



Accused Eve Carson killer enters plea

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November 18, 2011

News & Observer (McClatchy)


By Anne Blythe The News and Observer

Tags: Eve Carson | Laurence Lovette | murder trial | Durham | Chapel Hill | DeMario Atwater


HILLSBOROUGH -- Laurence Lovette, one of two men accused of murdering the UNC-Chapel Hill student body president in March 2008, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to the accusations.




Defendant Laurance Alvin

Lovett Jr.; apparently his left

side is his good side



Jury selection in his trial is set to begin Nov. 28 in Orange County Superior Court.

Lovette, 21, of Durham, was accused along with DeMario Atwater of kidnapping, robbing and fatally shooting Eve Carson, an admired student leader at UNC-CH.




One of Eve Carson's killers, Demario James

Atwater, has already taken a plea deal, in

exchange for a sentence of life in prison



Atwater pleaded guilty in 2010 and is serving life in prison for a case that not only moved a community but also exposed major weaknesses in the state's probation system.


Carson, whose benevolence and curiosity won high marks inside and outside the classroom, was working on a paper in the wee hours when she encountered her killers.


It is not clear to investigators whether Carson was inside the home on Friendly Lane in Chapel Hill that she shared with several other students or just outside.


Atwater told Shanita Love, his girlfriend, that he and his co-defendant had walked through the unlocked door of what they thought was a sorority house and found her working at her computer.




Killer Demario Atwater's former

girlfriend, Shanita Love



When Atwater pleaded guilty for his part in the crime, prosecutors revealed some details of the killing on March 5, 2008.


Investigators say Atwater and his co-defendant kidnapped Carson and forced her into her Highlander. They drove through Orange and Durham counties and forced Carson to withdraw $1,400 from automated teller machines before they shot her numerous times with a .25-caliber handgun and the sawed-off shotgun, investigators say.


Prosecutors have said the medical examiner's autopsy report showed that Carson was shot five times, with the first four shots from a small caliber handgun.


Blythe: 919-836-4948


[Thanks to my legman, David in TN, for this story.]



Duke graduate engineering student Abhijit Mahato

was robbed and murdered in his apartment,

allegedly by Laurence Lovette Jr. and Stephen

Lavance Oates



[Previously, at WEJB/NSU:


"One of Eve Carson's Killers Gets Sentenced to Life Until Parole";


"Eve Carson Murder Suspect Trial Date Set";


"Laurence Lovette to Stand Trial in Eve Carson Murder";


"Upcoming, Diversity-Based Murder Trials the National MSM are Ignoring";


"Jury Selection Begins in Eve Carson Murder Trial"; and


"Trial Starts in Eve Carson Murder."]

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