Lawyer seeks protective order in Lovette case

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    DURHAM (AP) — The lawyer for the teen charged with killing a graduate student at Duke University says too much information is leaking out about the case.

    The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Karen Bethea-Shields says she's worried some of that information could threaten her client's right to a fair trial. So she's filed a motion seeking a protective order for 17-year-old Laurence Alvin Lovette. Lovette is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Duke student Abhijit Mahato, who was shot to death in January.

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    Lovette also is accused of killing the student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Eve Carson was found shot to death in March.

    Bethea-Shield's request for a protective order is one of the issues that could come up during a hearing scheduled for Thursday in Durham County Superior Court.

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

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