Man found guilty in murder of UNC student body president
Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. was found guilty of first-degree murder.
December 20th, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Man found guilty in murder of UNC student body president

A jury has found a man guilty in the 2008 murder of  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson.

Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. was found guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree armed robbery, felonious larceny, and felonious possession of stolen goods.

An autopsy report showed that Carson, an honors student, had multiple gunshot wounds when she was found lying on a Chapel Hill street. The autopsy report listed six gunshot wounds but said two of the wounds were probably from the same bullet.

Court documents released in the North Carolina case said Carson was taken from her apartment and forced to provide her abductors with ATM access to her bank account before she was shot to death in the early hours of March 5.

A grand jury indicted Demario James Atwater on October 27, 2009 on federal charges of carjacking resulting in death, carrying and using firearms in relation to carjacking, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possessing a short-barreled shotgun not properly registered to him. He also faces state first-degree murder charges in Orange County, North Carolina, along with Lovette.

The informant said the two men drove Carson to an ATM, obtained her PIN from her and then shot her. The witness told police that Atwater said the two got about $1,400 from Carson's account. Bank records show that was approximately the amount taken from the account over a two-day period, the documents said.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall has said he also will seek the death penalty against Atwater. Authorities cannot seek the death penalty against Lovette because he was 17 at the time of the slaying.

The Athens, Georgia, native was a pre-medicine student double-majoring in political science and biology. She was a recipient of the university's prestigious Morehead Scholarship and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, according to UNC.

soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Kevininvancouver

    I bet his parents are really proud of this piece of crap.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Byron

      I doubt they care.... which is probably why he turned out the way he did....

      December 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • *

      Byron's correct. I would not be surprised if his family were outspoken about his pacifism and shabby treatment at the hands of a racist justice system.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Buck

    The current prison ebay high-bid on this guy's booty is 10 Marlboros and a pack of Jolly Ranchers.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaintn

      I think that's probably way more than he's worth.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    Like how Lawyers dress up garbage in a suit never realizing it is still trash, but with a tie

    December 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • MKE414

      Exactly what I wanted to say. Too bad he was only 17, I'd say he deserves to be on death row.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TexasJack

    Get a rope.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • thatrix

      aren't you forgetting the truck?

      December 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JustSayin

    What a waste

    December 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LBW

    She wanted to be a doctor and he wanted to get high. My hope is that one fine morning I will open my paper and see that he got his.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nunya

      Me too...that would be a good day.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Albro

    All the potential this young lady had to do good, destroyed by a worthless piece of "oppressed ethnicity".

    December 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • *

      Indeed, a woman who was among the most highly evolved of human beings destroyed by the least evolved. Disgusting. We all know the truth, but most continue the pretense for fear of being called "racists." Personally, I don't care any longer. A politically incorrect truth is truth nonetheless.

      December 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bbbubbba

    Walking piece of crap.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Helene

    They just took away a young woman who had so much potential for a mere $1400 that they blew in a just a few days. That short time of thrill at the cost of a life is now putting them behind bars, possibly the death penalty.

    December 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Walkin' the mile

    Dead man walkin'

    December 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. White

    Why isn't this considered a hate crime?

    OH! I know, it's because she was a white female.

    Had she been a lesbian the LGBT community would be rallying their pitchforks and torches.

    If she would have been some other race than white or gay, then there would be more anger about this horrible crime.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. *

    Decadent whites who derive a sense of moral superiority from denying the reality of race and racial differences are partly to blame for both enabling the murderer and psychologically disarming the victim. Being deliberately obtuse regarding race is one of the many cowardly features of the decadent pc pseudo-sophisticate. Race is the one area in which the less one pretends to know, the more well-educated one is assumed to be.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nunya

      Wow, I cannot imagine having to sit by you and listen that that whah whah whah whah dribble coming out of your stupid mouth.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • *

      It's called "reasoned discourse," Nunya. I understand that reality described logically is foreign to your emotivist world-view, but this isn't about your "feelings"–it's about reality.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaintn

      Gee, you're like listening to Charlie Brown's teacher. If you want to shoulder blame for what those putrid pieces of filth did, be my guest. The only moral superiority I see is coming from your post. Trust me when I say this. If a black man tried to rob me I wouldn't dream of submitting because he's black. I would fight anyone of any color who tried to take what was mine or harm me in any way. In the heat of battle, race would be the least of my concerns. Get over yourself.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • *

      Primitive blacks seem confused and frightened by logic.

      December 20, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. walt

    These people deserve the death penalty, what a tragic loss.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nunya

    There are no words to express how I feel about such a vile creature...I hope he somehow dies a torturous death.

    December 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. anthony h

    when are we gonna go to courthouse hanging...thats the only way these animals are gonna think twice before doing this type of thing...cmon people...take them to court...convict them...then take them to the front of the court house and shoot them dead...DONE

    December 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
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