Suspect in UNC slaying student charged with killing Duke student

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    DURHAM (AP) — Authorities today charged one of the suspects in the slaying of the University of North Carolina student body president Eve Carson with the January killing of a Duke University graduate student.

    Seventeen-year-old Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 29-year-old Abhijit Mahato. Lovette was arrested this morning in Durham. He also is charged with robbing Mahato, originally of Tatangar, India.

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    Mahato was a doctoral student in computational mechanics. He was found shot to death in January in his apartment near the Duke campus.

    Lovette and 21-year-old Demario James Atwater of Durham are charged with the shooting death of Carson, whose body was found last week near campus in Chapel Hill. Atwater was arrested yesterday morning in Durham.

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

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