Judge to decide over sealed search warrants

April 28, 2008 7:25:50 PM PDT
More than a month since the murder of UNC senior Eve Carson, search warrants remained sealed.

Attorneys for a local newspaper are fighting to make the documents public. But during a hearing Monday, Orange County D.A. Jim Woodall told a judge that two informants are the reason little information has been released in about the Carson case.

We think the informant, their safety would be jeopardized, both have expressed concern to police, both have in fact been threatened," Woodall said.

Woodall asked the court hold off for 60 days saying the information inside the search warrants is crucial to a case that's still underway.

"The law enforcement community must have some witnesses whose confidential identity ? released to the public," Herald Sun's Attorney John Bussian said.

Officers with the SBI and Chapel Hill Police are still conducting interviews and building new evidence against the primary suspects --Laurence Lovette Junior and Demario Atwater.

Atwater will return to court next week for a hearing to determine if prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

For now, the main issue is the search warrants and what's inside.

"But of course there's a way to handle that and that's to delete the names of the individuals and give the public the right to see the rest," Bussian said.

The judge is expected to make a decision about the sealed search warrants Tuesday.


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