Judge May Rule On Bid For Tips In UNC Murder Trial

Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour has had two weeks to consider whether lawyers for two murder suspects should get broader access to records of calls to the Crime Stoppers program.

Demario Atwater and Laurence Lovette are accused of killing University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson in March 2008.

Defense lawyers argue they should see all information that would be helpful to their case, not just what authorities consider relevant.

Prosecutors argue that broader access to the Crime Stoppers information would expose the identities of callers who are promised anonymity.

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  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Jan 14, 2010 at 01:14 AM
    "The headlines read: 'These Are The Worst Of Times', I do believe it's true. When people lock their doors and hide inside,... Rumor has it it's the end of Paradise"
  • by Alarmed Location: NC on Jan 13, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    I agree with Kimo, If this moves forward most people will be even more apprehensive about calling in and offering information.People don't want to get involved for fear of retaliation and if these records are opened I will be one of many who will shun the crime stoppers hotline.
  • by tyler Location: goldsboro on Jan 13, 2010 at 06:42 AM
    if people don't feel safe they wont call in tips to crime stoppers. so go ahead watch it all stop workin if the system dont work for the good guys ...an only works in the faver of bad guys...
  • by wow Location: enc on Jan 13, 2010 at 06:28 AM
    Its all about the criminals, not the victims. People loose their lives and or property, and the only thing that matters is the rights of the offender. This country amazes me. Soon criminals will be able to do what they want without fear of people telling on them. That sounds like a great idea.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jan 13, 2010 at 05:50 AM
    Want to make the crime stoppers program go away?? Simple, just make the records of all the calls available to defense attorneys.

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