Laurence Lovette Jr. Found Guilty of Murdering Eve Carson
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Murder victim Eve Carson


Takaaki Iwabu /Daily Tar Heel

POOL — Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. talks to his lawyers Kevin Bradley and Karen Bethea-Shields Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. A jury found Lovette guilty of kidnapping, robbing and murdering Eve Carson, the 2008 UNC-Chapel Hill student body president. He received a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole. The verdict capped seven and a half days of testimony in Orange County Superior Court.

By David in TN

After less than three hours of deliberation, the jury today found Laurence Lovette guilty of murder, kidnapping and other charges in the 2008 death of UNC student body president Eve Marie Carson.

Judge Allen Baddour sentenced Lovette to life in prison without parole for first-degree murder, and he will serve additional sentences for the kidnapping and robbery charges.

“The life that Ms. Carson led was too short, but I know that she continues to be an inspiration, not only for her family but for thousands in this community and across this country,” Baddour said....

Atwater plead guilty to first-degree murder for Carson’s death in 2010 and is serving two life sentences.

Carson’s violent death shocked the University’s campus, and students came out by the thousands to mourn the loss of the beautiful girl with the bright future.

Carson’s family thanked the court and the jury, but declined further comment to the court.

Lovette and Atwater, both of Durham, had long criminal histories and were in and out of the probation system throughout their teenage years.

[Laurence Lovette sentenced to life in prison for Eve Carson's murder by Chelsey Dulaney, The Daily Tar Heel, Tuesday, December 20, 2011; updated at 3:06 p.m.]


Lovette's crime partner, Demario Atwater, was convicted last year of murdering Carson, and  sentenced to life "without parole"

Lovette will now be tried for the January 18, 2008 robbery and murder of

Duke graduate engineering student, Abhijit Mahato 

[Previously, at WEJB/NSU:

"One of Eve Carson's Killers Gets Sentenced to Life Until Parole";

"Eve Carson Murder Suspect Trial Date Set";

"Laurence Lovette to Stand Trial in Eve Carson Murder";

"Upcoming, Diversity-Based Murder Trials the National MSM are Ignoring";

"Laurence Lovette Jr. Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Eve Carson";

"Jury Selection Begins in Eve Carson Murder Trial";

"Trial Starts in Eve Carson Murder";

"Videos from the Trials of Laurence Lovette Jr. and Demario Atwater for the Murder of Eve Carson";

"Convicted Killer Demario Atwater's Girlfriend Testifies at the Trial of Laurence Lovette Jr. for the Murder of Eve Carson";

"How the Cops Got on Laurence Lovette Jr.'s Trail: An Eve Carson Murder Trial Update":

"HLN Covers the Eve Carson Murder Trial on the Air, but Not at Its Web Site";

"Medical Examiner, Friend of Laurence Lovette Testify in Eve Carson Murder Trial";

"Eve Carson Wanted to Pray with Her Killers";

"Eve Carson Trial on HLN";

"We Have a Match! Laurence Lovette's DNA was Found in Eve Carson's SUV";

"Prosecution, Defense Rest in Eve Carson Murder Trial; Closing Arguments to Come on Monday";

"N.C. Criminal Justice System Failed Eve Carson: Killer and Defendant were Repeatedly Arrested, Even Convicted While on Probation, Without being Jailed";

"NC Dept of Corrections Report Details Negligence That Led to Eve Carson Murder"; and

"Closing Arguments in Eve Carson Murder Trial."] 

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