Opening Statements Expected Wednesday In UNC Student Murdered Trial

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) -- Opening statements will wait one more day in the trial of the Durham man accused of killing University of North Carolina student body president Eve Carson.

Jury selection continued Tuesday afternoon in the case of Laurence Lovette Jr. Lawyers for both sides are expected to deliver opening statements Wednesday.

Lovette is charged with first-degree murder in the 2008 death of Carson, a native of Athens, Ga.

Authorities say Lovette and Demario Atwater kidnapped the 22-year-old student and took her to several ATMs, eventually withdrawing $1,400. Her body was found about a mile from the Chapel Hill campus, riddled with handgun and 12-gauge shotgun wounds.

The 20-year-old Lovette will not face the death penalty because he was a minor at the time of the shooting.

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  • by Sweet Old Boy Location: NBNC on Dec 7, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    So when do we get to play the white race card folks? If this story had been about two white guys kidnaping, robing and killing a black student it would have been a hate crime. All news reports would have reminded us every day that the killers were white and the victim was black. I've yet to here that on any new report. So why wasn't this a hate crime? They hated the fact that Eve Carson was going to be successful, was a white person, and had money. They could have the same if they tried in school, wanted to work!
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      by I agree on Dec 7, 2011 at 02:52 PM in reply to Sweet Old Boy
      Where is the NAACP fighting for her rights? I find it hard to believe these thugs did not sexually assault her. Thats what these animals do!
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        by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 01:59 PM in reply to I agree
        That's all these filthy things know how to do. They have destroyed society in general.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:38 PM in reply to Sweet Old Boy
      It is a hate crime. Those people hate anything that represents doing things the right way. They are just too lazy and too wrapped up in their own selfish counterproductive mentality to try to better themselves. They have no conscience. Therefore, you have the rise in barbaric crimes committed by these animals.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    This loser was going nowhere in life and decided to take the life away of a beautiful person who had everyting in the world going for her because she chose that path and worked hard. Sick of all these losers their Mothers push out and teach their children NOTHING positive. STOP HAVING THESE KIDS!
  • by V Location: NC on Dec 7, 2011 at 01:07 AM
    I think it is cruel for the STATE of NC to have this particula trial so close to CHRISTMAS. This family has been through so much. After three years of losing their daughter to these animals - bet they wish their beloved daughter had stayed in GA and attended UGA right there in their hometown. What's wrong with NC courts? John Edwards gets continuance after continuance and this family has had to wait so long for their daughter's case to even make it to trial at all! And now to inflict this horror on them at Christmastime,three years late. SHAME on NC.
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      by Scam on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:01 AM in reply to V
      You are absolutely correct. Unfortunately, lawyers and judges are born without the shame gene.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:34 AM in reply to Scam
        Amen to that.
  • by Random on Dec 6, 2011 at 09:46 PM
    Where did this individual grow up as a child?
  • by charles Location: new bern on Dec 6, 2011 at 09:15 PM
    again i say, what the hell is taking so long to bring this guy to justice?
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      by Scam on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:00 AM in reply to charles
      The Lawyer System is maximizing profits.
  • by Upset with the system Location: Greenville on Dec 6, 2011 at 08:30 PM
    I just heard this guy will not face the death penalty because he was a minor at the time of the shooting,,,People he took someones life, he should pay with his life,,, all your doing is tell our youth that if they commit a crime before there are adults they receive less punishment for there crimes,,let me guess since he was not of age he will get this exsponged also,,, Hello no wonder crime is going through the roof,,Laws like this need to be writen by someone that has lost a loved one from a crime,,
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      by Eastern_NC on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:08 AM in reply to Upset with the system
      I agree! Just because he is a few months from being 21 years old should not mean he will not get the same punishment as an adult. Look at whay he did to that poor girl!!! Think about what those punks have put her family through!!!! He committed the crime like an adult so he should pay just like an adult!!!! Capital punishment!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by 40some on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    The best statement that could come would be, "I'm guilty. May I please be put to death now?"
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      by JC on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:52 AM in reply to 40some
      What are you talking about, He didn't do it....

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