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Death penalty sought in slaying

August 12, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Orange County Dist. Atty. Jim Woodall told a state court judge that he would seek the death penalty for one suspect in the slaying of the University of North Carolina student body president.

Eve Carson, 22, was found dead March 5, shot five times -- including once in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun -- not far from the Chapel Hill campus.

Woodall said he would seek the execution of suspect Demario James Atwater because the crime was especially heinous. Superior Court Judge Thomas H. Lock agreed to hear the case as a capital murder.

Atwater, 22, and Laurence Alvin Lovette, 17, are charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges in the death of Carson, of Athens, Ga.

Lovette cannot face the death penalty because of his age.

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