Carson murder weapons possibly recovered?

July 8, 2008 7:11:21 PM PDT
Detectives investigating the murder of UNC student body president Eve Carson may have recovered the weapons used.Chapel Hill police found Carson shot to death in March.

A Bill of Indictments released Tuesday lists a sawed off 12 gauge shotgun and a 25 caliber semi- automatic pistol. And serial numbers for both guns.

DeMario Atwater, 22, and Laurence Lovette Jr., 17, face several charges including murder.

On Monday a grand jury also charged Atwater with armed robbery, first degree kidnapping, possession of firearm by felon, felonious larceny, felonious possession of stolen goods, possession of weapon of mass destruction --shotgun.

Lovette has also been charged with armed robbery, first degree kidnapping, felonious larceny, and felonious possession of stolen goods.

The Rule 24 hearing to determine whether Atwater will face the death penalty if convicted was rescheduled for August 11. Woodall said the court wanted to give Eve Carson's family the option to attend the hearing if they should decide to watch the proceedings.

But, search warrants released last week in the murder case suggest the two suspects kidnapped, robbed and fatally shot Carson.

The search warrants also said confidential informants told police Atwater and Lovette took Carson from her Chapel Hill home. But, investigators say they aren't certain if both men actually entered the house. They do believe the suspects encountered Carson near her home. An autopsy report said Carson was shot at least five times with a shotgun and a pistol. Her body was found in a secluded Chapel Hill neighborhood not far from the UNC campus on March 5.

The murder investigation is a joint effort by Chapel Hill Police, the State Bureau of Investigation, Durham Police and the FBI. Federal investigators are looking into a variety of charges.


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