Suspects In Slayings Of NC College Students Fell Through Cracks

Laurence Lovette and Demario Atwater apparently managed to find the cracks in North Carolina's legal system.

The high school dropouts were convicted of crimes but put back on the street by a system that failed to notice when they were arrested again.

Both are now behind bars, held without bail and charged with murdering two college students.

The 17-year-old Lovette is accused in the slaying of a graduate student at the Duke University, and he and the 21-year-old Atwater are charged in the death of the University of North Carolina student body president.

Robert Lee Guy, director of the state Division of Community Corrections, he can't speculate whether Carson's slaying could have been avoided if the system had worked as intended, but he acknowledges that the question is on everyone's mind.

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  • by will Location: farmville on Mar 18, 2008 at 08:18 PM
    it is scary to think, but there are literally 100's of these thugs in pitt county alone. they love the thug life, and have no problem stealing or killing when they get the chance. if they to to prison, they are heroes in the community. i see the "attitude" everyday at school. i hear the language, and even in public they want to show how bad they are. listen to way the mothers talk to thier kids in the grocery store-- they teach violence. no fathers around to raise the kids and in most cases, that's a good thing. we are looking at a future where this happens more and more. this is the way of life in this country---God help us all-- the hip hop culture is hear to stay--listen to song lyrics, and that is where we are headed. immorality is glorified, and we have poor ignorant people living this life style and not wanting to change. anybody want to bet we have 10 more murders in pitt county this year-- be careful out there.
  • by Fedup Location: NC on Mar 17, 2008 at 10:36 PM
    I suggest they fall through a trap door at the courthouse square
  • by ET Location: San Souci on Mar 16, 2008 at 12:23 PM
    The prison system is so overpopulated with minor level drug dealers, violent offenders easily slip thru the cracks, especially the young ones who are probably the most dangerous.
  • by American Location: USA on Mar 16, 2008 at 11:49 AM
    I have followes the news the past few months here & have noticed thatthere seems to be a degree of inequality of "justice" here in recent violents crimes. One we have a "suspected" white supremacy that stirred up the SCLC ( Southern "Christian" League Conference ) and the NAACP to move on an "alleged" HATE Crime. Then we see the Violent crimes of murders commited in NC of young innicent college students by young black males ( not black MEN !! ) but i have NOT seen the SCLC & NAACP come to the aid of these young educated college students and their families. It truly seems that that is about as racial biggotes as any HATE crime I know of further fueling the fire of ignorant racial divide in this America. I am an older concern American citizen with NO racial biggotry from myself nor either side of my family. It was the way I was raised which only tells me that racist are trained by family & others in our free country.
  • by one2one Location: greenville,nc on Mar 16, 2008 at 08:32 AM
    Where are the cracks? In my opinion they are in the courts that let these repeat offenders back out on the streets.Yes you could have prevented a death by locking these thugs up.Instead some bleeding heart judge and lawyer let them out b/c they were misunderstood youth not given a break.So they turned around slapped your legal system in the face and shouted I want to be locked up for the rest of my life.Have you heard them now? Is there a question of whether or not death could have been prevented? Where is Al and Jesse when crime occurs like this I mean if your going to defend then by all means defend good with the bad apples.A continious repeat revolving door failed the public from this criminals and now when another citizen has lost their life and potentially we have lost someone who would have made a positive impact then you want to say "oops maybe we messed up".Until we hold the courts accountable from the lawyers to the judges this will continue.
  • by John Location: Greenville NC on Mar 16, 2008 at 07:19 AM
    At least this story was covered and kept up with by the media. AP ran a a story about a young white couple out on a date in Knoxville who were carjacked, tortured, raped, sodomized, slaughtered, burned, and cut up into pieces and left in black trash bags in January. No one bothered to run the story.
  • by BT on Mar 16, 2008 at 05:20 AM
    They managed to find the cracks? Seriously, do they look like they have that much sense? There are not cracks in our system, there are craters. How can a lawyer even defend this trash?
  • by FED UP Location: PC on Mar 16, 2008 at 04:51 AM
    The NC Justice system is on a roll. First, the Duke Lacrosse team scandal, then Maria Lauterbach's murderer allowed to leave the country and now NC college students murdered by scum that should have been off the streets.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2008 at 04:25 AM
    WOW. I'm sure their are others also.

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