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Posted on 03/12/2008 3:42:41 PM PDT by blam
2 Charged in UNC Student Leader Slaying
Published: 3/12/08, 6:05 PM EDT
By ERIN GARTNER and MIKE BAKER
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) - Two suspects were charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the killing of the University of North Carolina's student body president. Demario James Atwater, 21, of Durham, was arrested and ordered held without bond. Police said they are still searching for the second suspect, 17-year-old Lawrence Alvin Lovett Jr.
Chapel Hill Police Chief Brian Curran declined to say whether Lovett was the subject of an intense police standoff Wednesday afternoon in nearby Durham. City Councilman Eugene Brown said it appears the standoff was resolved without an arrest.
Police in Durham refused to comment, referring all questions about the standoff to police in Chapel Hill.
Shackled at the ankle and waist and with a public defender at his side, Atwater whispered "yes" when asked whether he understood the charge against him. His next court appearance was scheduled for March 24.
"I hope the arrest can ease the minds of some in the community," District Attorney Jim Woodall said.
Messages left with the Orange County public defenders office were not returned Wednesday.
Curran would not say which of the suspects shot and killed Eve Carson, 22, of Athens, Ga., who was found a week ago lying on a street about a mile from campus. The biology and political science major had been shot several times, including once in the right temple.
In the day after Carson's death, police focused their investigation on a suspect pictured in several surveillance photos using her ATM card.
The Board of Trustees at North Carolina offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in her death, and police received hundreds of tips after the first two photos were released over the weekend.
Carson was a prestigious Morehead-Cain scholar at North Carolina, where she was remembered by thousands who gathered Thursday at two campus memorial services. Hundreds of mourners filled the First United Methodist Church in Athens on Sunday at a memorial service in her hometown.
The university said Wednesday a third memorial service will be held next week at the campus basketball arena.
Associated Press writer Erin Gartner reported from Chapel Hill.
This world is upside down!!
Hook the scum up to old smokie and let it rip.
Does North Carolina have the death penalty?
Technically, yes. But a google of the name “Kristin Lodge-Miller” reveals what happens when an angry black man shoots an innocent white woman in Chapel Hill.
We’ll be lucky to get those guys in jail for 2nd degree murder.
Sure as hell does, though it’s not used terribly often. We’ve executed about four to five a year in recent years.
i will never understand how some depts can still front-cuff their perps. the hands are right at gun level! rear cuff people! jeez!
If so, it should be applied to the judge who gave a suspended sentence to this perp the last time around.
Yes and not afraid to use it. Trust me, he will see some amperage when his due process runs out.
With very slow, dull blades.
Maybe yes, maybe no.
He’s from Durham. Doesn’t get any worse than that.
Must be for the “money” shot as they do the perp walk.
Any “men” left in this country? They would take care of this, real quick.
Two less Democrat voters to go to the polls. Good riddance.
I saw this cocky piece of crap being taken to the police station and all I could think of was that lovely young girl and how her parents will suffer for the rest of their lives. My heart goes out to her family.
You are, of course, presuming these rejects are smart enough to know how to pull an election lever...
i was thinking of starting a vanity asking freepers how they would dispose of this piece of garbage. personally, i’d start at the ends and just keep cutting 1/4 inch until i got to the creamy middle.
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