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.

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  1. Natasha

    JB: racist much, teatard?

    December 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sambo

      Ooh dee doo, Natasha done used a trite comeback phrase! She tought dem a thing or 2!!!!!

      December 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • scranton

      "teatard"? What are you stupid also?

      December 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tater

    Skrew the chair...give both them to the girls father (or me if he doesn't want the blood on his hands) for 20 minutes alone in an alley with a dull rusty buck knife. Problem solved old school style. Why do worry so much about criminals rights.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • giveemthechair

      Agree.. I would be glad to assist

      December 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ryan

    Hang 'em high!!

    December 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Latrina Lemónjéllo

    Sambo, yo sho nuff soun lahk the vois fo colord folk. Shut yo mouf! Who axed yo black azz?

    December 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sambo

      I givin' mys opinunion! I gots dat rite now! Lawdy, da internet beez a big place to fit in such a small computa. How dey do dat?

      December 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Latrina

      Latrina Lemonjello? Oh no you did-ent!!!! Yu jelus o' my big beutiful mega-booty! I is bootyliscious!

      December 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      "Sambo" is a wite dude pretending to have dark skin. A freckly little white dude who wouldn't say "Boo" at a real man.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz


      December 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. john

    i love convictions like this.....shank this sc um!

    December 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Latrina Lemónjéllo

    Sheeeeeeeeeit Sambo, I's dunno. Majik!

    December 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cindy

    Lowlife losers.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sambo

      Hu yu be talkin' to, cindy? Sound like yu be sittin' in da corner talkin' to yaself! Yu crazzy!

      December 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nona

    It is very disheartening to read most of these comments. A young woman was murdered. As a UNC alum, I'm horrified that this could happen on the campus I have walked a million times. As a human, I am horrified that this happens at all. As a person of color, I am horrified that people focus on race, a man made concept, that has no scientific or genetic backing. Two fools murdered a girl. Case closed. Mourn the passing of a human life.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sambo

      I ashamed o' myself! Lawdy! Oh, Lawdy! Ms. Nona: how yu know yu be "of color"? Mus be sum kinda non-biological "color."

      December 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      thank you Nona. You are right on the money. This death was a loss of a person with promise. Somebody who could have made a great contribution to the world. $1400 was the price of her life. Sad indeed.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      The comments of which you speak are typed by people with no life. Don't be angry at them, pity them because they are pitiful.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • oh please

      facts are not racist....
      the facts are that more blacks commit violent crimes than whites do. Its just a fact. look it up. The FBI has statistics on this,

      December 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      Pretending to be a black person to incite hatred is racism.

      December 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. M in Oz

    So Eve has been dead 3yrs and her killer haven't even had a trial yet? Who does the justice system work for? The longer it takes for a trial, the easier it is for the victim to be forgotten and the living killers rights become more valuable.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz


      December 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • oh please

      You do realize, there are countless people in the prison system awaiting trial ahd only SO MANY hours in the day to hold trials?
      OBVIOUSLY people cantbe tried the very next day or week etc as there are backlogs of cases that need to come up from court appearances that take more than one day to decide the outcome over, which further pushes back other peoples court dates do understand logic correct?

      December 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      I'm glad he was found guilty of 1st degree murder and didn't get a lighter sentence based on a "bad childhood". Who knows what kind of childhood the victim had. As they say justice delayed is justice denied.

      December 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      How dumb do you have to be to complain about not having had a trial in the comments to an article about one of them having been found guilty? News flash, Einstein: finding someone guilty implies there was a trial.

      December 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      Einstein, one of tem hasn't had a trial and this one (over 3yrs later) has just had one. Have a nice Christmas and hope you discover some new theories.

      December 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Latrina

    Yu all haters out there jelus o' my beautiful bombastic mega booty! Uh huh ...

    December 20, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      Hi "Sambo", pot stirring not working for you?

      December 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gypsyboomer

    Burn them, slowly.

    December 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CMD

    My condolences and prayers to Eve's family and friends... it must've been difficult to hear all the gory details of her killing raised in the trial. It also must be difficult now in this holiday season to not have her with them.

    December 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BK

    I bet he didn't have the cute little preppy sweater and tie on when he brutally murdered Eve. His black female lawyer tried to pull the race card during the trial. He probably should have gone with a lawyer who didn't get into law school due to affirmative action.

    December 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bruce

    This knee-gra gets three hot meals a day, a warm place to sleep and free medial care fer the next twenty years.. AT YOUR EXPENSE! The other dirt bag gets out when he's 21 WITH A CLEAN RECORD! Like it NEVER HAPPENED! Bull Conner is dead, but Sherriff Arpaio (sp?) ain't. Lovette WILL learn to "love it" in Arizona. [Call me whatever you like... 'speer-chuckers' like this deserve to be a 'hoe-female-dog' until then.] You knuckle bangers oughta get what these dirt bags did to a light in the darkness... otherwise, go micturate up a lengthy piece of hemp. You haven't a clue...

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