Man Found Guilty In UNC Student Body President Murder

A jury has found Laurence Lovette guilty in the murder of Eve Carson.

The jury considering the fate of a man accused of killing the student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has gone home after its first day of deliberations.

After 90 minutes of talks and one question, the jury in the trial of Laurence Lovette went home shortly after 5 p.m. Monday without reaching a verdict. The panel will return to resume deliberations Tuesday morning.

In closing arguments, Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said that the evidence clearly shows Lovette robbed, kidnapped and shot Eve Carson on March 5, 2008.

Defense lawyers said the state's key witnesses had reasons to lie and suggested a DNA swab linking Lovette to Carson's SUV had been mishandled.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    had this been a white on back crime it would have been called a hate crime... welcome to hypocracy
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      by So true on Dec 21, 2011 at 04:40 PM in reply to
      2nd that!
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Dec 21, 2011 at 07:58 AM
    Times and people have changed. The death penalty is wrong for him as it would be a quick and painless way out. Life in prison will be a piece of cake as he will be heralded by his kind for killing a pretty white girl (he also would be entitled to hot meals, soft/warm bed, free education, etc) No, only one punishment is deserving of a crime like this. ALL of his rights should be taken away, put in a dark cell, fed bread & water, and tortured everyday for the rest of his life. And when he seems to be close to his death bed; then take him out and hang him so he will not die a natural and dignified death.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 01:32 PM in reply to Back
      Actually Back, I'm not so sure he will get off easy in prison. Many inmates look at this sort of crime as worse than or more cowardly then your usual murder (whatever THAT is). I think he's gonna plugged "air tight" when he is welcomed to his prison unit. I'm sure I'll see him, I work in one of the toughest prisons in NC. It will be interesting to see what bravado he shows after 6 months or so. And by the way, the beds are steel with a very thin mat on them, the meals look and smell like dog food.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 03:14 AM
    This animal will not fare well in prison. A weak punk like this will soon be a "convicts" 2 ports receiver, maid, slave, merchandise....He will never have enough stamps to protect himself. I suspect he will be crying for mamma the first time he becomes air tight. Hopefully he will feel the fear his victim felt before she died. In this case, for this animal, the death penalty would be the easy way out. You reap what you sew cuz.
  • by Perry Mason Location: ENC on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:43 AM
    Karen Bethea-Shields. Defense Attorney. Black Racism. Guilty As Charged.
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      by Second that! on Dec 21, 2011 at 04:41 PM in reply to Perry Mason
  • by Teacher Location: Wash on Dec 20, 2011 at 09:57 PM
    This crime is one of the most heinous crimes ever! These guys make me sick. This girl was an outstanding young college student, and she was murdered by these Pathetic guys! Beyond sickening!
  • by Ed Location: Williamston on Dec 20, 2011 at 08:02 PM
    He's such a flagrant racist. This was a hate crime and should be dealt with accordingly.Black racism in it's finest hour.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:01 AM in reply to Ed
      It is and should have been a hate crime. Only White people can be racist,,you know that. I have NEVER seen a black person on trial for a hate crime and probably will not. Ron Edwards is in Federal prison right now for a crime that part of his group commited several counties away and he wasnt even there, They were just known members of the IKA and him being the President of said group,,, he got 3 years. You have to be White to be tried for a hate crime. 14/88
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        by mind over matter on Dec 27, 2011 at 08:08 PM in reply to
        Reply to black racism.To kill another bc of skin color would be racism.Hate crimes is not part of our make up.How ever thiS person still needs to be punished to the fullest.
  • by grrrrrrr on Dec 20, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    Per one of the witnesses or someone involved... He was adopted but "lacked nothing" (had everything he needed growing up...)
  • by nuffsaid Location: Goldsboro, NC on Dec 20, 2011 at 05:28 PM
    Losing his father at age 17 is no excuse for what he did. My husband's father died when my husband was only 16 months old & his mom raised him alone and he has never killed anyone and he is 60 years old. The excuse of not having a father is getting old, it is time for we citizens to stand up for what is right & hold these folks who commit these crimes accountable for their actions.
  • by V on Dec 20, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    I don't understand sympathy for Lovette's family? He was 17 when he committed these crimes. He was living at home! The Lovette family are NOT victims, in my opinion. And by the way, the defense attorney said Lovette was going to pursue his college degree! HOW COLD and inappropriate was that comment? LOVETTE had just been convicted of KILLING Eve Carson, and he still has another trial for killing a NC STATE grad. student. WHY are our tax dollars going to HELP EDUCATE someone WHO is serving a LIFE SENTENCE PLUS? Sounds like kids who stay in school and stay out of trouble should get that funding, NOT LOVETTE and ilk! BARE MINIMUM should be ALL HEINOUS CRIMINALS get.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011 at 04:58 PM in reply to V
      He should never be given the right to get a college degree. Eve didn't get to see her's finished. That burns me up!!!!!
  • by common sense Location: enc on Dec 20, 2011 at 04:11 PM
    Must start punishing parents of minors.

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