Final arguments slated today in Lovette trial
Prosecutors and defense attorneys will make their final arguments to the jury today in the murder trial of Laurence Lovette, accused of murdering a Duke University graduate student in 2008.
Jury deliberations could begin this afternoon. That will depend on the length of jury arguments by prosecutors Jim Dornfried and Stormy Ellis and defense lawyers Karen Bethea-Shields and Kevin Bradley, followed by instructions in the law by presiding Durham County Superior Court Judge Jim Hardin.
Lovettte, 23, is charged with robbing and killing Abhijit Mahato at Anderson Street Apartments near campus.
He is already serving a sentences of life in without parole in the 2008 shooting death of Eve Carson, who was student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.