Guilty Plea In UNC Student Body President Death

A man charged in the death of a University of North Carolina student body president pleaded guilty to state charges, avoiding a trial and any possibility of a death sentence.

Demario Atwater of Durham pleaded guilty Monday afternoon at a hearing in Hillsborough to first-degree murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges in the death of Eve Carson. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Atwater agreed to life in prison.

Atwater had already pleaded guilty in April to several federal charges, including carjacking resulting in death and kidnapping. He is to be sentenced in federal court Sept. 23. His agreement with prosecutors is for a life sentence.

Carson was found shot to death in a Chapel Hill neighborhood in March 2008, nearly a mile from campus.

Laurence Lovette, Jr. is also charged in the murder. But because he was under 18 at the time of the murder, he is not eligible for the death penalty.

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  • by Veracity Location: NC on Jun 1, 2010 at 07:08 AM
    The story neglects to say specifically if the sentence of LIFE is WITH or WITHOUT the possibility of parole. Also this man killed someone AND he did other crimes in commission or leading up to that crime, I would like to know in COLD HARD NUMBERS OF DAYS exactly how many days this man must serve for each and ALL of his crimes and exactly how long we can be assured he will remain bars. It was not too long ago when a group of men attempted to pronounce that life in prison in NC was 70 years. Right now, with this case, what did the STATE of NC offer and the Defendant take?
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on May 28, 2010 at 08:18 AM
    1. Let him walk through the UNC campus when school is in full session wearing a t-shirt that tells people why he is in trouble. 2. Sell the pay per view event on HBO to offset the cost of housing criminals. 3. Let me know when you do it so I may attend...I can already hear the ACLU...
  • by OpenCarry on May 26, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    Anti-Terrorist, you are wrong. Under NC law, a defendant must meet two requisites to receive the death penalty. First, he must enter a "not guilty" plea in a trial for a capital crime, and then after a jury trail where he is found guilty, the jury must recommend the death penalty. Entering a "guilty" plea exempts a defendant from the possibility of the death penalty under NC law. Look it up. Call your local DA and ask him. Call ANY attorney and ask them. The fact that NC currently has a moratorium on the death penalty does not prevent the death penalty from being given, it just prevents the State from carrying out the sentence. And the new "North Carolina Racial Justice Act" only provided for a review process for death penalty sentences after they have been delivered...
  • by Anonymous on May 25, 2010 at 09:09 PM
    Will there be a Civil suit?
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on May 25, 2010 at 12:36 PM
    OpenCarry.. that is not true. The reason this person did not get the death penalty is because of the liberal bill signed into law by our sexy governor called the "North Carolina Racial Justice Act.". This was a party line bill whose primary sponsor was McKissick. Basically it allows the defendant or defense attorney's to claim racial injustice to their client because of the threat of the death penalty in pre trial (obviously not if your white) even before evidence is presented. It is already being misused and has been in effect less than a year. Ask any DA what they think of this Act. Just adds more mouths to the tax dependent list.
  • by B Location: nc on May 25, 2010 at 05:25 AM
    We as taxpayers must demand that all involed, judge,lawyers, da,etc must be fired. If they can't give this guy the death penalty, they must be removed from their jobs, WITN give us the name of those involed, we the people are tired of these folks wasting our tax dollars..
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2010 at 09:40 PM
    Forgiveness? You mean like the way Blacks have forgiven Whites for slavery?
  • by OpenCarry on May 24, 2010 at 07:54 PM
    Unfortunately, in NC, when someone plead "guilty" to a captial crime, they do not get a jury trial and are not eligible for the death penalty...
  • by Anonymous Location: Jacksonville on May 24, 2010 at 07:13 PM
    This is just WRONG! This cold-hearted, self-admitted murderer needs to DIE for what he did! Makes me sick.
  • by There is No Justice on May 24, 2010 at 05:07 PM
    He should have fried for what he did to poor Eve. She had her WHOLE life ahead of her and did not ask to be murdered and I'm sure did nothing to this man and yet he gets the life in prison while she's dead. No Justice was served none AT all!!!
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