Murder Suspect’s Unrelated Charges With Grand Jury

WRAL-TV (Raleigh), August 12, 2008

More than a dozen charges against a teenager accused of killing two North Carolina college students will go before a grand jury next week, according to a court decision Tuesday.

The charges are related to a crime spree authorities said Laurence Alvin Lovette, 17, went on during the two months between the deaths of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato and former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson. Lovette has been charged with first-degree murder in both deaths.

The grand jury will consider a slew of charges unrelated to the murders, including first-degree burglary, breaking and entering, resisting a police officer and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Lovette also faces two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, according to WRAL-TV.

Court records show Lovette had been arrested several times and charged with felonies ranging from burglary to car theft between Jan. 18, when Mahato was found dead in his Durham apartment, and March 5, when Carson was found shot five times in a Chapel Hill street.

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Lovette was already on probation, having been charged with misdemeanor larceny and breaking and entering shortly before his 17th birthday. Those were originally felony charges but were reduced in a plea agreement.

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[Editor’s Note: Earlier stories on the murder of Eve Carson can be read starting here.]

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Left: Demario James Atwater (old enough for death penalty); right: Lawrence Alvin Lovett (old enough to be charged in two murders, not old enough for death penalty).

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