Man Wasn't Initially Suspect In UNC Murder Case

A man charged with first-degree murder in the death of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson wasn't even a suspect initially.

Chapel Hill police investigator Celisa Lehew testified in the trial Monday that there was an initial list of 12 suspects in the 2008 killing, and that Laurence Lovette wasn't among them.

She said police arrested Lovette after his name was volunteered by his girlfriend, and after he was mentioned in a Crime Stoppers tip.

Carson, a native of Athens, Ga., was shot to death on March 5, 2008, after she was abducted and robbed.

Lovette's co-defendant, DeMario Atwater, pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to life in prison. Lovette has pleaded not guilty.


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  • by Disgusted Location: N.C. on Dec 13, 2011 at 08:14 PM
    Death is the easy way out.Torture them every day,like they did her.Hang her picture in her cell so they will never forget why they are being tortured. If it was my daughter the courts, wouldn't have to waste the time or money.Yes I am black.This crime was heinous and cruel. So sickening.
  • by Nikki Location: Greenville on Dec 13, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    Yall just make laugh with all these crazy comments. Let the man be its up to the judge not yall. And like i said he is innocent until proven guilty. Was u there when this happen to her No. So the only people that know is the people that was there.
  • by Gina Location: tarboro on Dec 13, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    This is going to be a waiste of the states resources as was having both these men on probation. They were both in violation of probation and if they had been arrested then these to people obviously loved by many would still be here with us. What a sad world when you have systems designed to protect and people fail to do their jobs and loss of life occurs.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 09:23 AM
    He has also been linked to the similar, previous murder of a foreign Duke engineering student. If he had been caught then, Eve Carson likely would not have been terrorized and murdered.
  • by really Location: can you not see on Dec 13, 2011 at 08:49 AM
    seriously this guy had her atm card and was using it for the 2 days after she was killed and they have him on film doing it.... ole' boy needs to meet his maker.. END OF STORY. we have the justice system and yes he is innocent until proven guilty, but when all the blinking signs are going off and point straight to this guy it isn't about COLOR it is about 2 people taking another person's life.
  • by proracer1949 Location: Greenville on Dec 13, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    For those of you that have not read the story of how these low life punks abducted and then shot eve carson first with a 25 cal. handgun four times which did not kill her until this punk shot her as she put her hand by her head which they shot through into her head which was the fatal shot. I say do the same to these pieces of garbage that they did to her, let them know the terror and pain eve endured up until the end. Then justice will be served!
  • by urge on Dec 13, 2011 at 05:04 AM
    Murderer! And those people who defend him are just as bad!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 03:30 AM
    You are also right. They could HAVE lied. I bet it was the same person that lied on everybody else in prison, because they are all innocent too, right?
  • by Nikki Location: Greenville on Dec 12, 2011 at 08:54 PM
    Yall just sayin that because yall are white and he is black. Stop all the drama he is innocent until proven guilty. They said he wasn't among the 12 people that he wasn't even a suspect until his girlfriend turned him up
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      by Todd on Dec 13, 2011 at 03:29 AM in reply to Nikki
      Right! He probably isnt guilty just like every other person in prison. Nice input!
  • by it should be death but it won't be on Dec 12, 2011 at 08:18 PM
    From what I have read elsewhere, the death penalty is out of consideration for this low life. It's going to be life (or less) in jail. Just like the other one that helped kill her.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 08:23 AM in reply to it should be death but it won't be
      Yeah, he was 17 at the time of the murder, therefore no death penalty for him...sad
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