Court upholds Lovette’s life sentence in Carson death
Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., convicted in the 2008 shooting death of UNC’s student body president, lost his second appeal Tuesday when his life sentence was upheld by the N.C. Court of Appeals.
The court said there was no error by a lower court when it sentenced Lovette, 23, to life in prison without parole for a second time in June 2013. Lovette automatically received the sentence when he was convicted of first-degree murder on Dec. 20, 2011.
Lovette was 17 when he killed Eve Carson on March 5, 2008. His sentence was reviewed by the court last year because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that offenders under 18 at the time of a crime can’t get life sentences without parole unless mitigating circumstances are considered.
Carson was a UNC Chapel Hill senior when Lovette and a second man, Demario Atwater, kidnapped her from her Chapel Hill home and drove her to ATMs, where Lovette withdrew money from her bank account. They then drove Carson to a neighborhood about a mile from UNC’s campus, where she was shot five times.
Atwater, 21, who lived in Durham, pleaded guilty on May 24, 2010, to first-degree murder in Carson’s death. He received two life sentences without the possibility of parole.
Lovette is set to go on trial in July in Durham for the January 2008 shooting death of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato, a 29-year-old mechanical engineering student from India who was found shot to death in his Durham apartment. He was a doctoral candidate in his second year at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering.