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Murder of Eve Carson

Murder of Eve Carson
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Carson's university portrait
DateMarch 5, 2008 (2008-03-05)
DeathsEve Carson
ConvictedDemario James Atwater[1]
Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr.[2]
Chargesfirst-degree murder,
first-degree kidnapping,
armed robbery,
possession of a firearm by a felon.[3][4]
VerdictGuilty

On the morning of March 5, 2008, Eve Marie Carson was shot and killed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States where she was a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Demario James Atwater[1] and Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., two local men,[2][5] were charged with her murder.

On May 24, 2010, Atwater pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping in a plea bargain agreement that will have him serve two sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole.[3]

In his December 2011 trial, Lovette pleaded not guilty but was found guilty and, like Atwater, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a sentence that was re-affirmed in a 2013 retrial.[6] The event received national exposure when it was mentioned by a contestant on the American Idol reality show.[7] A scholarship[8] and a memorial garden[9] have been created at UNC in Carson's honor.

  1. ^ a b Staff (March 13, 2008). "UNC slaying suspect charged in Duke killing". Crime and Courts. NBC News. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Lamb, Amanda; Hartness, Erin; Owens, Gerald (March 12, 2008). "Suspect Charged, Another Sought in UNC Student's Slaying". WRAL-TV. Retrieved March 12, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Nicole Norfleet (May 25, 2010). "Accused in UNC student's death, man pleads guilty". The Sun News Online. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference AtwaterPleads was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ Chou, Renee; Owens, Adam; Lamb, Amanda; Hartness, Erin; Owens, Gerald (March 13, 2008). "Police Capture 2nd Suspect in UNC Student's Slaying". WRAL-TV. Retrieved March 12, 2008.
  6. ^ "Lovette again gets life without parole for murder of Eve Carson". WRAL.com. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  7. ^ Bardsley, Garth (March 6, 2009). "Chapel Hill Student Eve Carson Remembered On 'American Idol'". MTV News. Retrieved April 19, 2009.
  8. ^ Dolgoff, Noah (25 Mar 2019). "Meet this year's recipients of the Eve Carson Scholarship". The Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  9. ^ Charles, Katy (5 Mar 2010). "Eve Marie Carson garden dedicated in Polk Place". The Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved 12 June 2019.