Error Prevented Violation Hearing For UNC Murder Suspect


Two days before Eve Carson, the student body president of the University of North Carolina, was shot and killed, a man now charged in the case showed up for a probation violation hearing that could have landed him in jail. The hearing for Demario James Atwater never happened because of a paperwork mistake, Robert Lee Guy, director of the state Division of Community Corrections, told the Raleigh News & Observer. The other suspect in the shooting, Laurence Alvin Lovette, 17, also was on probation. He was charged also in connection with a recent slaying of a Duke University graduate student.

Atwater, 21, a high school dropout, was on probation stemming from a 2005 conviction for eaking and entering and larceny. For the next three years Atwater was to check in with a probation officer. Lovette was arrested during his probation, and Atwater was convicted. Atwater’s crime was serious enough that he should have been back in court immediately, Correction Department officials said.


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