Jurors get case in NC student body president death

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Posted: Dec 19, 2011 2:16 PM
Jurors get case in NC student body president death

A jury is poised to consider the fate of a man accused of killing the student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said in his closing argument Monday that the evidence clearly shows Laurence Lovette robbed, kidnapped and shot Eve Carson on March 5, 2008.

Woodall said Lovette and a co-defendant killed Carson because she had seen their faces. Carson's ATM card was used to withdraw $700 the night she died and another $700 after her death.

Defense lawyers said the state's key witnesses had reasons to lie and suggested a DNA swab linking Lovette to Carson's SUV had been mishandled.

If convicted, Lovette does not face the death penalty because he was a minor when Carson was killed.