2 charged with murder in UNC student leader’s slaying
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Two suspects were charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the killing of the University of North Carolina’s student body president, though one remains at large.
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 would not say which of the suspects they believe 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 days after Carson’s death, police focused their investigation on several ATM and convenience store surveillance photos.
Police believe Lovett was pictured in two photos taken at an ATM, driving Carson’s Toyota Highlander with Atwater in the back seat. Police also believe Atwater was the suspect shown trying to use Carson’s ATM card inside a convenience store.
Curran has previously declined to say when the surveillance photos were taken, the exact location of the ATM machine and convenience store or whether any money was successfully withdrawn from Carson’s account.
Curran declined to say whether Lovett was the subject of an intense police standoff yesterday 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.
“I hope the arrest can ease the minds of some in the community,” District Attorney Jim Woodall said.
State records indicate both suspects are on parole. Lovett was given a suspended sentence in January for misdemeanor larceny and breaking and entering. Atwater was convicted of felony breaking and entering in 2005 and illegal possession of a firearm in 2007. He also received a suspended sentence.
Click here to see video about the UNC student leader slaying.