Two Suspects Charged In Eve Carson Murder

Two suspects are charged with the slaying of University of North Carolina student body president Eve Carson. One has been arrested, the other is being sought at this time.

Demario James Atwater, age 21, of Durham, was taken into custody at 5 a.m. today. A second suspect, Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr., age 17, is being sought. Police say they identified Lovett Jr. from an ATM photo.

Reports indicate police searched the home of Lovette Jr.'s mother Wednesday afternoon in Durham but did not locate the suspect.

Chapel Hill Police Chief Brian Curran declined to say which of the suspects shot and killed Carson, a 22-year-old from Athens, Ga., found last Wednesday lying on a street about a mile from campus.

Chapel Hill police and District Attorney Jim Woodall gathered Wednesday afternoon in an Orange County courtroom for Atwater's first appearance. Shackled at the ankled and waist and with a public defender at his side, Atwater whispered "yes" when asked if he understood the charges against him.

Woodall asked that Atwater's next appearance be set for March 24.

Carson's death led to a massive outpouring of grief at North Carolina. Thousands gathered that day at two campus memorial services, and a third is planned for next week at the school's basketball arena.


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