On Thursday night, my reader-researcher David in TN wrote,
“Today, one of Eve Marie Carson’s killers, Demario James Atwater, 24, was sentenced to “life without parole” in federal court. He recently received the same sentence in state court. Both were the result of plea bargains.
Miss Carson was the student body president of the University of North Carolina. For some mysterious reason, the sentencing was covered locally only.
The other suspect, Lawrence Lovette Jr., not only has yet to be tried, but two and a half years after the murder, no trial date has even been set. Lovett was 17 at the time of the murder.
Atwater apologized to Eve Carson’s parents. “I wish to say personally I’m sorry for everything that has happened,” he told them. Eve Carson’s family said they chose not to speak in court or confront Atwater. At Atwater’s May sentencing in state court, they issued a statement supporting a life sentence because “it honors Eve’s love of life and all people.”
“Atwater … was also ordered to pay $212,947.10 in restitution and to undergo treatment for substance abuse…”
I wouldn’t hold my breath, waiting for Atwater to pay the restitution money.
Actually, since Eve Carson was probably a communist, it’s unlikely that she loved “all people.” (She spent a semester studying in Cuba.) And yet, she was certainly a formidable figure, a double-major in biology (i.e., pre-med) and political science of seemingly boundless energy, who charmed people wherever she went, not the least through a gift for goofy improvisation that expressed itself in, for instance, whispering to a friend in “secret agent jargon” that she had made up on the spot, as they walked through a dim airport corridor in the Bahamas.
Atwater (and allegedly Lovette) murdered her on March 5, 2008.
Note Atwater’s use of the passive voice: “I’m sorry for everything that has happened,” not “I’m sorry for everything that I did.”
Atwater’s attorney, Kimberly Stevens, is even more rhetorically gifted. Out of one side of her mouth, she said, “Today was about accepting responsibility,” while out of the other side, she depicted the cold-blooded carjacker-kidnapper-robber-murderer as a victim of the system:
“…she feels her client was failed by several systems – none of which, she emphasized, excused murder.
“There’s a lot of social issues in the case, issues about the department of social services, child protective services’ involvement with this family, the probation and parole issues that the press repeatedly raised and talked about,” Stevens said. “But we decided – he decided – that wasn’t appropriate for today.”
Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr. has also been charged with robbing and murdering Abhijit Mahato, 29, a Duke Ph.D. engineering candidate from India, on January 18, 2008, just two days after Lovette had received “a two-year suspended sentence for misdemeanor larceny and breaking and entering and was placed on probation,” for crimes he had committed in November, 2007.
Carson was an attractive blond, so they shot her face off. Atwater shot Carson once in the right temple with a shotgun, at the same time that Lovette allegedly shot her four times with a pistol, including once in the right cheek.
I’ve not heard tell of Atwater’s improvisational charms.
In the Mahato murder, Lovette allegedy placed a pillow on Mahato’s face and fired through it, using it as silencer, killing him with one shot through the forehead.
According to Mahato’s adviser, engineering professor Tod Laursen, he was “intellectually curious, kind and outgoing.”
“He made friends very easily and always had a smile on his face. Our research team was particularly close to Abhijit. He was very well read in both poetry and literature, and enjoyed conversation with others about what they were reading.”
There has been no word on Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr.’s literary tastes.
If the charges against Lovette hold up, it would mean that he murdered two people a mere 46 days apart. Although that would entail that he is a super-predator with the savvy of a veteran criminal—or movie fan—(e.g., for using the pillow-as-silencer technique), because he was only 17 at the time of the two murders, he would not be eligible for the death penalty. Then again, black super-predators today almost never get the death penalty, no matter how heinous their crimes. (The one case I know of where such an assailant received the ultimate sanction, the killer, Knoxville Horror ringleader Lemaricus Davidson, had been offered an out—a change of venue—by mischief-making Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner, but didn’t have the sense to take the judge’s offer. But Davidson gets an automatic appeal in Tennessee, and I would not put it past him to argue that his stupidity is grounds for clemency.)
Recent years have seen waves of violent crime committed by racist blacks against white and Asian college students and personnel both on campus, and in nearby neighborhoods known to be full of residents and visitors from campus. Since most colleges not only refuse to warn people about this violent reality, but virtually all of them engage in institutionalized disinformation campaigns actively misleading their own people, as well as the public about black racism and black crime, racist black predators correctly see such areas as holding bins full of easy prey.
After I initially published this article, David appended the following news:
“I just saw this account in The Daily Tarheel.
Atwater is going to serve the two “life” sentences “at the same time,” which means concurrent rather than consecutive.
According to Lynne Klauer, spokeswoman for the court, Atwater could be allowed a five-year supervised release during the life sentences.
When you titled this piece “Life Until Parole,” you weren't kidding.”