Federal Judge Denies Request To Move Trial Out Of State For Suspect In Eve Carson Murder Case

A potential federal death-penalty trial for a man charged with killing a university student body president two years ago will stay in North Carolina.

U.S. District Judge James Beaty has denied a request by attorneys for Demario Atwater to move his trial on kidnapping and carjacking charges out of state.

Defense attorneys say extensive media coverage of the slaying of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson of Athens, Ga., make it impossible for Atwater to receive a fair trial.

Beaty ruled it is possible to find jurors who haven't made up their minds.

Atwater's federal trial is to begin in about two weeks in Winston-Salem. He also faces murder charges in state court. He could face the death penalty if convicted in either case.


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  • by Bob Location: Chicago on Apr 15, 2010 at 08:35 PM
    Has this federal court ruled if the trial will be televised and/or put on the Internet? Thanks.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 09:28 PM
    I wish someone had already taken these guys OUT!
  • by OpenCarry Location: Washington on Apr 14, 2010 at 06:31 PM
    NC has put the death penalty on hold indefinitely, because some bleeding heart idiots didn't think the last thug who was up for the needle deserved to die. Look up Marcus Reymond Robinson and what he did, and tell me why he should be spared. Even if Atwater DOES get the dealth penalty, he's got a LONG waiting line ahead of him, but that will only happen if the Governor and Attorney General should actually decide that they need to follow the State Constitution and the NCGS codes, as their Oaths demand...
  • by B Location: nc on Apr 14, 2010 at 04:46 PM
    Why is this not being called a hate crime? I bet if two white men killed a black girl, the naacp would be all over this, and be screaming hate crime. Anybody else getting tired of this crap!
  • by rosalyn Location: greenville on Apr 14, 2010 at 04:06 PM
    Eve didn,t have a choice as to where she died so why should he have a choice of where his trial shoud be ,if you can,t do the time don,t do the crime, just as simple as that,ther are always consequences for your actions.think about it.
  • by Dr. Location: ENC on Apr 14, 2010 at 03:51 PM
    The death penalty is too humane. Use this poor excuse of flesh and blood for something that will benefit others. How about medical research.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Apr 14, 2010 at 02:12 PM
    Anonymous@10:35: Those who demonstrate that they are willing to kill, and follow thru to commit murder, must not be allowed to roam our streets looking for more victims. These two young men made their decision to kill a young, vulnerable woman in cold blood on a city street after abductin her from her home. They also chose their fate at that moment, and they knew it when they pulled the trigger, more than one time, to her head. If a white woman had beat, robbed, and shot one of them in the street in the same manner, well, then you would cry 'justice' wouldn't you? Well, her family, friends, and many citizens cry 'justice' for Eve Carson, the victim. That's how America should handle murderers, black, white, and other.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Apr 14, 2010 at 01:24 PM
    He wants the trial out of state, how 'bout Georgia or maybe Texas.
  • by Marcus Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2010 at 01:17 PM
    DEATH PENALTY!!! The punishment must fit the crime!
  • by BJ Location: Greenville, N. C. on Apr 14, 2010 at 11:31 AM
    Out of STATE!! You've got to be kidding!! He doesn't deserve a Trial!!
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