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Second Carson Murder Suspect Also Charged With Duke Grad Murder

Authorities in Durham have charged a suspect in the slaying of the University of North Carolina student president with the January killing of a Duke University graduate student.

A warrant filed Thursday charges 17-year-old Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr. with first-degree murder in the death of Abhijit Mahato. The 29-year-old computational mechanics doctoral student was found in January, shot to death inside his apartment.

Authorities have charged both Lovette and Demario James Atwater with first-degree murder in the death of Eve Carson. The 22-year-old was found last week lying on a street about a mile from campus.

The 17-year-old Lovette was arrested in Durham very early Thursday morning. He surrendered to SWAT teams that surrounded his home in Durham.

Police charged Lovette with the first degree murder of Carson Wednesday. That's also when they apprehended another suspect in the murder, 21-year-old Demario James Atwater. Atwater was arraigned in court and is being held without bond.

Both suspects have criminal records. At age 17, Lovette has been arrested in the past for larceny and breaking and entering. He's also facing new charges of first-degree burglary, felony larceny of a motor vehicle and felony larceny after breaking and entering. He has a court date scheduled in Durham for those charges next week. Atwater has been arrested for possession of a firearm by a felon and breaking and entering.

Chapel Hill Police Chief Brian Curran wouldn't say which suspect detectives believe shot and killed Carson. The 22-year-old from
Athens, Ga., was found last Wednesday lying on a street about a
mile from campus. A biology and political science major had been shot several times, including once in the right temple.


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