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Eve Carson Suspect Also Charged With Duke Slaying

Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr has also been charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the death of Duke University student Abhijit Mahato.

Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr
Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr, arrested today for the murder of UNC student body president Eve Carson, has also been charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the death of 29-year-old Abhijit Mahato, who was found shot to death back in January in his apartment near the Duke University campus.

(DURHAM, NC) - Durham police have captured the second of two men charged with murder in the shooting death of UNC student body president Eve Carson.

Heavily armed officers surrounded a house just before dawn where 17-year-old Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr was hiding. He surrendered to the officers without incident.

The other charged suspect, 21-year-old Demario James Atwater, was arrested yesterday. Both men have been charged with first degree murder in Carson's death.

Atwater was in court yesterday, and the Judge ordered he be held without bail. His next court date is set for March 24.

Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr has also been charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the death of 29-year-old Abhijit Mahato, who was found shot to death back in January in his apartment near the Duke University campus.

Carson, 22, was found shot to death in a suburban neighborhood not far from the UNC campus at about 5:00 a.m. last Wednesday. Her SUV was found the next day in a nearby neighborhood, not far from where she lived with roommates.

UNC will remember Carson and celebrate her life in a memorial service at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, in the Dean E. Smith Center. Doors to the Smith Center will open at 3 p.m.

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justicebao March 15, 2008 3:02 pm (Pacific time)

An eye for an eye. There is too much forgiveness going on in America on because we say that someone below the age of 21 is not an adult and therefore cannot be totally faulted. I am sure of all the mistakes that young people can make, killing another person is not something they just stumbled upon. Until the death penalty is applied and applied swiftly, crime in the US will keep going on.

Henry Ruark March 15, 2008 10:49 am (Pacific time)

To all: I'm with Glen on this one. We now have only partial and perhaps incomplete press reports. Note the other story in this site re justice missed and now in process of further research and action. AND re social action to aid circumstances inevitably involved here, we should all remember POGO: "We has met the enemy...and he is US !"

Paige March 14, 2008 8:02 pm (Pacific time)

If you read the entire story, there was an arrest already made in the Duke slaying. Apparently these cowards work in groups, but Lovette wasn't connected to the Duke case until he was arrested in Carson's murder and he obviously was in possession of items that made the link for police. However, it's ill-informed to suggest the police did not care about solving the Duke case, since an arrest was made not long after Mahato's murder.

Andreana March 14, 2008 7:30 am (Pacific time)

look i know that he didnt something bad but that does not make him a scumbag everybody makes mistakes in there lives and this is a racial thing to me becuase it is people that die everyday but you dont hear about it but when some white person from unc dies its all over the news have you people ever took the time to realize whats going on in america today we have soilders dying everyday in iraq but it is not blowing up like this we have babies and little kids that die everyday in africa but the reason you dont hear about it becasue they are black and its little babies that get raped by older men but i bet it wouldnt blow up like this so i think everybody needs to take the time to realzie that there is still racism going on and that this is not the first killing of a college student

kenya williams March 13, 2008 8:48 pm (Pacific time)

I am a black american female, former UNC graduate, and I must say I am disgusted that this young woman has had her life taken so horribly. I don't think that it matters that she was white, she was a person who had a family and friends that loved her. It could have been anyone's loved one. Even though the investigation may have gone another way in the other killing, the a&^%$le got caught and will pay for his crimes. If the roles were reversed, and she was black, I don't think there would be any less from the police. I just feel heartbroken for her family and I pray that they can find the way to deal with the lost of there loved one. I think thats the only thing that matters.

Mod1 March 13, 2008 7:57 pm (Pacific time)

And to "The dude" - shame on you for bringing race into this. The police were probably not given as many leads when the Indian man was murdered. UNC-Chapel Hill posted a $25,000 reward for information. Not everything is about race. How you even think in that manner? The murder of this innocent girl is being solved. Be grateful.

Mod1 March 13, 2008 7:54 pm (Pacific time)

These two scumbag predators need to be executed. Enough with the life in prison where they can enjoy meals, conversation, exercise, TV, games, and drugs. Prison is a holiday for them. It's time to get rid of these animals. They took the lives of two highly intelligent individuals who wanted only to better this world. And look at them -- nothing going on inside those heads other than hate. Death by injection or electric chair is too good for them. It breaks my heart that Eve had to see these two ugly animals right before she left this earth. She was a beautiful soul and these disgusting s^&t for brains slime murdered her. We need to start wiping these festering sores from the earth so they can't destroy more innocent persons. Death to them.

Glen March 13, 2008 7:39 pm (Pacific time)

Maybe I've read too many mysteries, but let's first let the jury determine innocence or guilt. I know that might sound silly, but that's kinda what we do in America.

Sid March 13, 2008 4:22 pm (Pacific time)

The 17 year old who has already killed two may get sympathy from do-gooders who will urge the system to rehabilitate and release him after a few years. If he is able to kill, he is able to accept execution. Society, please take note: these scum are mostly unwanted unloved children without a responsible father in sight. Most probably a poor single mother without the means to prevent birth, supported by welfare.

Resistff March 13, 2008 2:31 pm (Pacific time)

Death with a dull rusty knife for this boy.

CONCERNED March 13, 2008 1:26 pm (Pacific time)


Jessie March 13, 2008 12:35 pm (Pacific time)

Yeah Dude, justice is not always for everyone. You know nearly 40% of all murders go unsolved? Now that's a lot of murderer's walking about.

Tired of It March 13, 2008 11:47 am (Pacific time)

Our courts should reactivate the use of the electric chair, and not 20 years after after they commit these crimes. The courts know they are guilty, WE know they are guilty, and instead of dragging these cases through the system for years and decades, should let them have their fair trial, and if they are found guilty give them the death penalty, that so-called automatic appeal right away, and then execute these thugs within a year. After the automatic appeal (in death penalty sentences) let them sit in solitary confinement for a full year with no human contact other than a cold butter sandwich and water. That's too good for them.

The dude March 13, 2008 10:01 am (Pacific time)

Funny how the police can work so fast when it's a very popular person such as Eve. As for the indian kid no one gave a damn, and now the murder seems to be solved by chance. Sad how we spread justice.

Jack March 13, 2008 9:46 am (Pacific time)

Thugs. Both of them. No self control. No respect.

Dems 08 March 13, 2008 9:09 am (Pacific time)

Nothing but the death penalty for this creep. We will accept no less.

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