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Suspect in Duke grad student's death in court for robbery charges


DURHAM (AP) -- A man charged with murdering a Duke University graduate student is scheduled to be in court on related robbery charges.

Authorities said 19-year-old Stephen Oates of Durham is scheduled to appear Monday afternoon in Durham County District Court on armed robbery charges. Oates was indicted for murder last month in the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Abhijit Mahato. The computational mechanics doctoral student was found dead Jan. 18 inside his apartment a few blocks south of Duke's campus.

Oates is being held without bond.

Also charged in Mahato's murder is 17-year-old Laurence Lovette of Durham. Lovette is also charged with murder in the shooting of University of North Carolina student body president Eve Carson.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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