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.
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.
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