Durham judge in Lovette case resigns

May 5, 2008 5:12:16 PM PDT
Durham County District Court Judge Craig Brown stepped down from the bench effective Friday. Brown was the judge that called for a special session on gang violence while presiding over the first court appearance of Laurence Lovette, the teen charged with killing two North Carolina college students. Eyewitness News is working to find out exactly why Brown resigned this past Friday, May 2nd.

In March, Brown pleaded with state lawmakers to meet immediately and address gang violence. "I'm sending an SOS to Raleigh," said Durham County District Court Judge Craig Brown. "I expect them to hear it."

Brown's call for a special Legislative session came as a surprise in the courtroom where Laurence Lovette made his initial appearance on murder charges in the slaying of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato.

Police have not said that Lovette, 17, of Durham, was a member of a gang, or that the deaths of Mahato and University of North Carolina student body president Eve Carson were gang related. In both cases, robbery appears to be the primary motive.

Authorities have also charged Demario Atwater, 21, of Durham, in Carson's death, and Stephen Lavance Oates, 19, of Durham, in Mahato's killing.

Lovette wasn't a suspect in Mahato's death until after police in Chapel Hill began investigating Carson's slaying. The 22-year-old from Athens, Ga., was found lying in street about a mile from North Carolina's campus shot several times, including once in the temple.

Stay with abc11.com and ABC11 Eyewitness News for the latest on this developing story.


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