Quantcast

Continuance granted in Lovette resentencing hearing - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com

Continuance granted in Lovette resentencing hearing

Posted: Updated:
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -

A judge granted a continuance in the resentencing hearing for one of two men convicted in the 2008 death of UNC Chapel Hill president Eve Carson.

Laurence Alvin Lovette, 22, was originally sentenced to life without parole. However, a U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it's unconstitutional to give an automatic life sentence to someone who was under the age of 18 at the time of the crime.

The state Court of Appeals ordered that Lovette be resentenced after the high court decision.

"We're asking for second degree murder and we're definitely asking for something less than life without parole," defense attorney Karen Bethea said.

Lovette was 17 when Carson was killed. He was convicted of premeditated murder, kidnapping and robbery.

"It has nothing to do with changing the conviction, it's simply about re-addressing the sentence," District Attorney Jim Woodall said.

Prosecutors had planned to argue that the original life sentence is appropriate, but the defense asked the sentencing be continued because a doctor who is a witness in the hearing is in Cumberland County for the Mario McNeill trial.

Carson's brother was in court Friday, but her parents were not because they said they knew it would be continued.

The resentencing has been scheduled for June 3 at 1:30 p.m. The district attorney says it is possible Carson's family could testify in June.

Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:00:14 GMT
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
  • Man charged with killing UNC professor had just left Wake Jail

    Man charged with killing UNC professor had just left Wake Jail

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:28:10 GMT
    Derick Davis II, 23 (Left) and Troy Arrington, Jr., 27, (Right)Derick Davis II, 23 (Left) and Troy Arrington, Jr., 27, (Right)
    An Orange County dispatcher sounded shocked Wednesday afternoon when a 911 caller described finding University of North Carolina professor Feng Liu beaten and dying on a street near the UNC campus.
    An Orange County dispatcher sounded shocked Wednesday afternoon when a 911 caller described finding University of North Carolina professor Feng Liu beaten and dying on a street near the UNC campus.
  • DOT fixes sign for new 485 flyover that spelled Pineville wrong

    DOT fixes sign for new 485 flyover that spelled Pineville wrong

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:40 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:40:30 GMT
    Thursday morning the Department of Transportation officially opened a ramp from Johnston Road to I-485. The flyover ramp opened around 5:15 a.m.
    Thursday morning the Department of Transportation officially opened a ramp from Johnston Road to I-485. The flyover ramp opened around 5:15 a.m.
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.