DURHAM – Laurence Lovette Jr., the man found guilty in 2011 for killing then UNC Student Body President Eve Carson, pled not guilty Wednesday in the murder case of a Duke University graduate student who was shot to death nearly six years ago.
A Durham Superior Court judge set Lovette’s trial date for July 14 in the murder case of Abhijit Mahato, WRAL reported.
Lovette, 23, was charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 18, 2008, crime. Mahato, 29, of India, was found dead inside his apartment from a single gunshot wound fired at point-blank range to his forehead.
Judge James Hardin also ruled against motions to relocate the trial to the North Carolina coast or to bring potential jurors from Wilmington and Elizabeth City to Durham. Defense attorneys argued these measures were necessary to ensure a fair trial.
Lovette’s attorneys asked for a change of venue due to the extensive news coverage of both the Mahato and Eve Carson murder cases. The two murders occurred within two months of each other.
An Orange County jury found Lovette guilty of the murder of Eve Carson in December, 2011. He is already serving a life sentence in prison on that conviction.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/eve-carsons-killer-pleads-guilty-duke-students-murder/
HILLSBOROUGH – Laurence Lovette Jr., one of two men convicted in the 2008 death of former UNC student body president Eve Carson, will be re-sentenced Monday.
Lovette, now 22, was convicted in 2011 of first-degree murder, kidnapping and armed robbery, and sentenced to life without the possibility for parole—but recent Supreme Court ruling mandating review of automatic sentencing guidelines means that Lovette, who was 17 at the time of the murder, should be re-sentenced.
The re-sentencing hearing was originally scheduled for April 26 in Hillsborough.
Demario Atwater, 25, was also convicted in Carson’s death. He is serving two life terms in prison after pleading guilty to state and federal charges.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/eve-carson-killer-to-be-re-sentenced-monday/