Hearing on Eve Carson case postponed

November 20, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
For the second time, a special hearing about possible evidence in the Eve Carson case has been cancelled.

Attorneys for Lawrence Lovette, Jr. and Demario Atwater, the two defendants charged in the shooting death of UNC's former student body president, were scheduled to meet on Monday morning.

According to Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall, both sides have agreed that more time is needed to gather additional evidence in the case. Attorneys for Lovette and Atwater are expected to file motions requesting access to records that are traditionally kept confidential.

Defense attorneys are interested in the Crime Stoppers report related to the case, specifically the identity of callers who received a financial reward for information, according to Woodall.

The attorneys are also seeking access to a gang information database known as GangNet. It allows law enforcement to exchange confidential information about suspected gang members. But, a judge would have to determine whether specific information should be turned over to Lovette and Atwater's defense team, said Woodall.

Investigators believe Eve Carson was taken near her Chapel Hill home on the morning of March 5. According to an autopsy report, Carson was shot five times. Investigators have said Atwater and Lovette drove Carson's SUV to various ATMs in Chapel and Durham before the murder.

Both men are facing several charges, including first-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping. Federal prosecutors are also pursuing carjacking and weapons charges against Atwater, making him eligible for the death penalty if he's convicted.


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