Defense Wants Info On Tipsters In UNC Murder Trial

Attorneys for two men suspected of killing a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president want access to information phoned in by tipsters.

Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour said Wednesday he would rule next week on whether to allow access to information the Crime Stoppers program promises will stay anonymous.

Prosecutors say releasing the material would compromise a vital crime fighting tool.

Demario Atwater and Laurence Lovette face murder and other charges in the death of 22-year-old Eve Carson. The Athens, Ga., woman was taken from her Chapel Hill home and watched as hundreds of dollars were withdrawn from her bank account at several ATMs. She was later shot five times.

Lovette was in court Wednesday. Atwater chose not to appear.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 at 05:00 PM
    NO WAY! It is set up to protect people with information. If those murdering idiots get the information they will retaliate.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 30, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    Happy "Rod" is gone, raised the IQ of both countries. What is a "rob" any way? I understand these two want a change in location for their trial, may I suggest Athens, Ga. Trial appointed lawyers are bottom feeders.
  • by Jim Bob Location: NC on Dec 30, 2009 at 11:00 AM
    Put them to death if found guilty!
  • by Quoheleth Location: NC on Dec 30, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    We have always lived in a society of double standards. The game hasn't changed; the winning and losing teams have.
  • by Rick Location: Washington on Dec 30, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    Too many people feed at the legal trough now so they drag the trash through the system as long as they can to get the maximum return from the taxpayers sacrifices. Until we can find and elect representatives that will legislate mandatory swift justice, and a governor who will appoint judges that will interpret laws to swiftly eliminate criminals from our state, people will just keep fleecing the system. Big problem is that our legal system is owned by one profession that has free reigh to manipulate it for maximum profit. Sad.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    Innocent until proven guilty, you bloodthirsty hypocrites. No wonder "Rob" renounced his US citizenship and moved to France.
  • by @anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 at 08:30 AM
    Because, unfortunately, we live in a society of double standards.
  • by JPH Location: Plymouth on Dec 30, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    I think it should be UNLAWFUL for it to take THIS long to bring these two devils to justice. The justice system is criminal in acting this way. When will it all stop. They legislate laws for us all to abide by and when someone breaks these laws, the "law" takes their time in seeing justice done. Justice, to me, is not going through the motions of trial, apeal, etc for years until it fads from memory. Justice used to be SWIFT. This country needs to bring back SWIFT JUDGEMENT before the "people" bring it back for ourselves. I foresee that day coming soon.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2009 at 06:06 AM
    wonder why this is not a hate crime.
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