Suspect in murder of NC college students ordered held on $3M bond


    DURHAM (AP) — A judge in Durham has ordered authorities to hold a teenager charged with killing students at Duke University and the University of North Carolina on a $3 million bond.

    Laurence Lovette made his first court appearance Friday morning in the fatal shooting of Abhijit Mahato. The 29-year-old computational mechanics student was found dead in January inside his apartment a few blocks south of Duke's campus.

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    The 17-year-old Lovette is scheduled to appear in nearby Hillsborough Friday afternoon to face charges in the death of Eve Carson. The 22-year-old Georgia native was found fatally shot March 5 in the middle of a residential street in Chapel Hill.

    Police also have charged 21-year-old Demario James Atwater in Carson's death, and 19-year-old Stephen Lavance Oates in Mahato's death.

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