Atwater Back In Court

A man who has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the death of a University of North Carolina student body president returns to court to face state charges in the case.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reported that Demario Atwater will be in court Monday afternoon in Hillsborough.

He is charged with murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges in the 2008 death of Eve Carson of Athens, Georgia. She had been shot five times with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Atwater pleaded guilty last month to several charges, including carjacking resulting in death and kidnapping. He is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court September 23. His agreement with prosecutors is for a life sentence.

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  • by T Location: Gville on May 24, 2010 at 05:16 PM
    Can he get death penalty for the state charges? I hope so since his agreement with the federal courts should only exclude the federal government from killing him I hope the state can sentence him to death for the state charges so this family get the justice deserved. He took her life and has already pleaded guilty in federal court so he should DIE for killing this innocent girl with her whole life ahead of her.
  • by kim Location: winterville on May 24, 2010 at 02:02 PM
    sad all around
  • by MAKE ME SICK on May 24, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    He gets life but Eve did not. More liberals da's and court systems.
  • by Jim Location: anywhere in world on May 24, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    let all give this scum a chance on everything in world that is more than he gave his victim come on people he is no doubt a criminal and don't care about his life either.
  • by John Location: RICHLANDS on May 24, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    It just amazes me that a person will take the life of another. Then when they are in the hot seat for the crime and death is given they cry DON'T take my life. I have rights. Well did they think of the rights of the person they took? Now he/she wants to say I have rights. An eye for an eye does not bring back the one gone it does however, give some closer to family. It might also send a message to want a be's I best not do this because I could get the death as well.
  • by JPH Location: Plymouth on May 24, 2010 at 06:06 AM
    See, there is ALWAYS some loop-hole or wrinkle in the law that takes all credibilty out of the justice system. They inact a law to appease "the people" and then put stupid claquses in it to soften the blow on the poor, underserved criminal..So change the law! Laws are changed all the time. Someone else can take the vitals. There are plently of other qualified people available to do this job.
  • by anon Location: williamston on May 24, 2010 at 04:26 AM
    It's tough to enact the death penalty in NC when NC law requires an MD present at any execution but the Medical Board's stand is to revoke the license of any MD who physically or verbally participates in an execution (including taking vital signs).
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on May 24, 2010 at 03:55 AM
    Give a good reason this scumbag should even get a drink of water.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on May 24, 2010 at 02:41 AM
    Why in the world would the prosecutor ever make an agreement with a murderer of this magnitude. NC has the death penalty and in this case I would seek it, no matter how remorseful the suspect is. A most heinous crime and he gets to plead down. Something is wrong with our system and needs to done. How can we support keeping a punk thug from getting what he truly deserves. It's like saying no matter how horrendous the crime you don't have to worry about dying for it ! What's the point in having the death penalty if you won't enforce it ?

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