By: Courtney Harrington
Three years ago, Eve Carson’s body was found just short of a mile away from the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. This month, one of her suspected murderers may finally be convicted. Laurence Alvin Lovette, who is expected to soon face the judge, is one of two young men who were said to be behind the murder that took place in March 2008. DeMario Atwater, the other suspect, is already behind bars serving two life sentences after pleading guilty to Carson’s murder. Lovette on the other hand, continues to plead not guilty.
In 2008, Carson was a senior at UNC Chapel Hill and was finishing up her last semester of college with great grades as the student body president. The night of the murder, the young victim was working on her computer when the two men entered the home. The duo thought they were walking into a sorority house. With Carson being in the wrong place at the wrong time, she was kidnapped and forced into her own car. The two boys then took her to several ATM’s around the state and had her withdraw $1,400. Once the men had what they wanted, they shot Carson to death. After a medical examiner looked over the body, they were able to conclude that she was shot at a total of five times, with the fifth bullet being the cause of death.
The first four shots were fired from a small caliber handgun, wounding the victim. However, the fifth and final shot was taken with a sawed-off shotgun. She died immediately. Atwater, the one who pulled the trigger, told his girlfriend at the time that Carson was very much still alive after the first four shots had been fired. “The medical examiner believed she would have survived for some time after the first four shots, and she would have been able to talk,” Jim Woodall, District Attorney, stated.
During the year of the murder, the local police kept many details of the case to themselves. However, Shanita Love, Atwater’s girlfriend at the time, told investigators vivid details of the information she knew about the case.
The process of picking the members of the jury has begun and could take a few days to complete. So far, 50 potential jurors have been interviewed. The judge is going about picking the jury in such a way to avoid bias throughout the men and women selected due to pre-trail publicity. Because Lovette was only 17 years old at the time of the murder, the death penalty is off the table when the jury comes to a verdict.
Over the past couple of years, controversy has been raised dealing with Carson’s unsettled case. With one of the two men still pleading not guilty to the murder, the victim’s family continues to rest uneasy. Over the next couple of weeks, will justice finally be served? Will Carson’s case finally be closed?