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.