Friday, March 7, 2008
Eve Carson Murdered Near North Carolina Campus By a Hoover Crip Gang Members? Lauren Burk Shot Near Auburn Campus by C. Lockhart ? Update: 7-4-08
Eve Carson was murdered without cause.
Eve was the president of the North Carolina student body who was the victim of a random shooting. Thousands of students gathered for a candlelight vigil in the campus pit. Chapel Hill Police Department confirm that Carson, 22, had been shot in a neighborhood about a mile from campus on Thursday. Her body was found lying in an intersection. Her blue 2005 Toyota Highlander was found about a mile from where her body was discovered. Her vehicle may have been stolen during the incident. Carson was a native of Athens, Georgia and a pre-med student. She had her whole life ahead of her.
Update 3-8-08: If you have any information on this case, call NC WANTED toll free at 1.866.43.WANTED (1.866.439.2683)
The noose around Carson's killer is tightening. Police in Chapel Hill are releasing two surveillance photos of a possible suspect taken at an ATM machine in Chapel Hill. Photos were taken as the suspect used Eve Carson's ATM card. Police released the above photo of a a suspect in a baseball cap. Police have also released a photo at a convenience store.
Update 3-10-08: The hat worn by the suspect is green with an orange star. It appears to be the hat of the Hoover Crips gang. (Vintage Houston Astro's cap and hooded sweatshirt.)Enhanced photo's reveal one and perhaps two back seat passengers. Eve Carson dedicated her life to helping the less fortunate. If it turns out that gang bangers took her life, then I hope it is not in vain and law enforcement dedicates itself to eradicate gangs not just in North Carolina but nationwide.
Update 3-13-08: An anonymous tip led to the arrest of Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr. He is believed to be the back seat passenger in the vehicle at the ATM. Lovette is 17 according to Durham police Lt. Robert McLaughlin Jr. Demario James Atwater was previously arrested on Wednesday. Atwater was charged with first-degree murder. It appears that Lovette was driving the car in the ATM photos. Atwater was apparently the shadowey figure in the back seat. LINK Lovette's myspace: LINK Good work to the police and all those offering tips. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.
In Alabama, Lauren Burk, a female student from Georgia was found fatally shot on a road near the Auburn University campus Tuesday night. The investigation did not initially result in any arrests. The 18 year old freshman from Marietta Georgia was found wounded on Alabama Highway 147 around 9 p.m. Tuesday according to reports. Her car was discovered set on fire.
Update 3-7: Legal Pub has learned that the body of Ms. Burk was found on what Auburn students refer to as "College Street." It is in the middle of everything, only a small block from campus. In other words, she was not found on some deserted Highway.
Update 3-8: A press conference on Saturday morning in Auburn named a suspect. A Fox affiliate indicated that a prime suspect led police on a high speed chase. This suspect may also be responsible for armed robberies in Newnan, GA and Phenix City, Alabama. The suspect is Courtney Lockhart, age 23. WRBL TV reports that Lockhart was charged with Burk's murder. The CBS affiliate indicates that "investigators have recovered evidence" apparently connecting Lockhart to Burk's death. Lockhart is to be presumed innocent until otherwise proven. Courtney Lockart's photo can be seen here: PHOTO LINK
Update 3-10: Lockhart is charged with capital murder during a kidnapping; capital murder during a robbery; and capital murder during an attempted rape. According to WRBL News 3, Lockhart admitted he committed at least five armed robberies in the area in recent weeks.
Lockhart is also wanted in connection with an attempted carjacking and armed robbery in Newnan, Ga. He faces charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. So much for prison reform.
Update 5-1-08 Remembering Eve. You tube of Carolina Weekly after she won the student election. LINK
Update 6-28-08: Search warrants reveal the final terrifying moments of Eve's life. According to a confidential informant, Eve was kidnapped while studying at home. She was forced into her own vehicle so that the killers could access her ATM account. She was then shot multiple times in an attempt to cover up the crime. Superior Court Judge R. Allen Baddour released six warrants naming suspects Laurence Lovette, 17, and Demario Atwater, 22. Both suspects have been charged with the first-degree murder of Eve Carson. Lovette is represented by attorney, Karen Bethea-Shields, who of course objects to the hearsay in the warrants.
Jonathan Brown represents Atwater.
One warrant alleges that Lovette and Atwater entered Carson's home through an open door, kidnapped her and used her pin to withdraw $1,400 from the ATM. Carson's Bank of America receipt was found near her vehicle after her death. A shoe print was also apparently on the receipt. According to the warrant,
Carson was shot multiple times by Lovette and later by Atwater. Agent Brian Flemming of the State Bureau of Investigation said two separate weapons were used in the shootings. (That appears consistent with the informant's story.)
Update 7-4-08: The autopsy report can be read here: AUTOPSY Note: no alcohol in blood stream.
Update 6-8-11: With regard to Eve Carson murder, Demario James Atwater, 23, received his federal life in prison sentence in Winston-Salem. He plead guilty to charges related to Eve Carson’s death. He was sentenced to life in prison on two counts and 10 years in prison on three counts. He was also ordered to pay more than $212,900 in restitution.