Eve Carson murder suspect trial set for November

Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr.
September 28, 2011 10:49:04 AM PDT
The second of two men accused in the 2008 murder of UNC Student Body President Eve Carson is set to go on trial later this year.

An Orange County judge set a November 28 trial date for Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. on Tuesday.

Lovette, now 20, was 17 when prosecutors say he took part in Carson's shooting with Demario Atwater.

Investigators say Atwater and Lovette kidnapped 22-year-old Carson from her Chapel Hill home on March 5, 2008 and then drove her around in her SUV to various ATMs in Chapel Hill and Durham.

An autopsy revealed that Carson - originally from Athens, GA - was shot five times before her body was left on a residential street in Chapel Hill about one mile from UNC's campus.

Last year, Atwater pleaded guilty to federal carjacking charges and state charges that included first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, and armed robbery. The plea agreements spared him a death sentence but sent him to prison for life.

The death penalty is not an option for Lovette because of his age at the time of the killing. He's charged with first-degree murder in the Carson case.

He's also accused in taking part in a second killing with another man.

Prosecutors say Lovette and Stephen Lavance Oates killed Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato in January 2008.

Mahato was a 29-year-old doctoral student in computational mechanics originally from Tatangar, India. He was fatally shot inside his apartment near Duke's campus. His wallet, cell phone, and iPod was taken.

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