Continuance granted in Lovette resentencing hearing - WNCT

Continuance granted in Lovette resentencing hearing

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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>>

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