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. Russ

    I'm for putting them in Super Max, where they have to sit in their cells for 23 of every 24 hours. Then they get 1 hour to walk in a square cage. It is a fate worse than death. When you die, you pass out and don't wake up. That's too easy for these guys.

    December 21, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Marci

      Shame that this beautiful talened person was murdered over a little bit of cash. The extremes criminals will go for a buck. Condolences to the family and friends of Ms.Carson.

      December 21, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • ComSenseWiz

      The death penalty means all cost pertaining thereof cease upon death. If you want to keep the worthless POS behind bars for life, then you can fund the cost.

      December 21, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • c6022

      ComnseWiz – you do realize that it has been been shown that it costs more to have someone on death row than for someone to be sentenced to life, don't you?

      December 21, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • JohnTX

      I agree with Russ. I used to agree with the dealth penalty, but recently have grown to realize it isn't necessary. And it does cost more for someone on death row over a life sentence. Death is the easy way out.

      December 21, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • jellylee2020

      Really? That's the worst punishment you can think of?

      December 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. white man's drug of choice

    while the black man is killing, the white man is playing with little boy's wee wee. Never trust a white man with your little boy.

    December 21, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Sambo

      Dey beez stupit! We do all dat an dont git caught! Dey stupit. Dey say weez stinky apes, an I dont no what ta say cuz I dose stink an blak folks dose look likes apes. Dey mean ta say dat! If weez beez retarded monkeys, dey dont have ta remind us 'n shiit! We knows it!

      December 21, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Eng123

      What is the point in these kind of comments....

      December 21, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Comonsns

      The black race is the most violent race on earth, we see this every single day. Until most people of this race start acting like civilized human beings, the country will never be safe no matter where you live.

      December 21, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. wildflower

    Why oh WHY does CNN keep putting these type of stories on their blogs??? Don’t you guys know how incapable most whites are when it comes to engaging in intelligible conversation regarding any race of people other than their own??

    December 21, 2011 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      That's nothing. You should read their neanderthal comments on political issues.

      December 21, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. kizi420

    Wow this is a cnn blog? really?! im suprised at the level of ignorance from you bloggers you should be ashamed of yourself. society is what it is because of your ignorance and stupidity.i rise is by maya angelou. not a rapper. this guy killed this girl because he is a bad guy not because hes a black guy. i feel sorry for all of you and especially for your children. with parents like you your children will grow up to be rotten tooth meth -heads on the welfare line.

    December 21, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • IVORY0403

      This is my first time ever responding on CNN...@ kizi420, You are most definitely right about the idea of ignorance. However, as important it is to remember that ignorance is bliss, it is even more important to remember that Racism still exist (i.e. the response from Sambo) @Sambo, you are clearly a white person, but you are also Ignorant to the fullest extent! The comment made from "white man's drug of choice" has so much undeniable Truth! Yes, this man was found guilty of murder, a murder that any person from any race is capable of doing! But his crime is just as grotesque, ignorant, and immoral as the crime of Catholic priests molesting boys, yet the severity of punishment between the two are far from EQUAL! People tend to pursue life based on their beliefs in something bigger, i.e. Religion. Priests molest boys, our future babies, yet, white people remain steadfast e/ their faith and belief in such a religion. That's scary to think that these men of power, who so many have trust in, can easily get a lesser punishment for molesting children and then be right back preaching to their "flock"!

      December 21, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Thank you for this post. The ignorance of the people on here is laughable almost, yet so sad. I don't care if this guy is black or white, he's garbage. Sandusky is garbage. The Virginia Tech shooter is garbage. Every race has people with loose screws and you want to know why?? Because underneath that skin, is the same thing in every human. This article is so very sad because this girl's amazing life and future talents as a doctor were thrown away for $1400...just so sad.

      December 21, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      @Ivory0304 – please – are really going to compare a molestation with cold blooded murder? YOU are what is wrong with this country – no perspective or ABILITY to understand the difference. I think anyone convicted of molestation should be locked away for the rest of their lives, but these murderous pigs need to burn – publically! Forget their color, they are animals, pure and simple.

      December 21, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nunya

    Oh, and by the way, racism doesn't discriminate....all colors hate some other color so before you start slinging your crap about whites or blacks or hispanics or asians, try taking a look in the mirror and asking yourself who is the racist. Death can't possibly be as bad as this world is!

    December 21, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |

      Why don't you give it a try? Then, report back to us, ok?

      December 21, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ryan T.

    Just does not add up...Three lives wasted and gone for 1,400 dollars. SO very sad!!!

    December 21, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Clay

    Blacks doing what blacks do best....

    December 21, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. JP

    It cases like this one and those in connecticut and tennesse that cry out for the need to overhaul our justice system. Vermin like these 2 and the ohters do not deserve a trial..they should be taken out and have bullets put thru their heads. These inhuman things deserve no rights whatsoever.

    December 21, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Catch22

      No, they, (like every other murderer, rapist , and child molester) deserve a fair trial, after which, if they are found guilty, IMMEDIATELY take them out back and shoot them in the head.

      That used to be the law in this country before lawyers and politicians (which are almost all lawyers) found out how much they could make passing laws to draw out the process.

      January 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jja

    For $1,400??? A promising and productive life ended and the parasites who took it, will continue to suck from society's teat in prison – and that's justice??? Really???? Execute. Them. Now. Send an unmistakable message, because, life sentences are deterring NO ONE.............

    December 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MaximumBob

    Sure, the thug gets to wear a suit during the trial.

    For the sentencing phase, he should be forced to wear the clothes he was wearing when he committed the crime.
    Tux? Fine.
    Baggy pants hanging below his ass, with a baseball cap turned around? Sure.

    We traded a beautiful girl's life for these two turds. Time for Americans to stop waiting to be victims and shoot first.

    December 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hm

    Good and bad
    in every in race

    December 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Aryan

    Yes, sir. Isn't it odd that (some) whites are the only ones decadent enough to continue the racial equality pretense, even to the point of harming their childrens' futures? What a shame.

    December 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hawaiian chilipepper

    I say bring back public hangings. Maybe it would slow down the crime wave sweeping across America.

    December 22, 2011 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
    • elreyjones

      Yes we need publci hangings. it would really motivate our youth.

      January 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. A fool

    what makes you think black men want white women?

    December 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Eric

    You're disgusting

    December 28, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
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