March 13, 2008 in Nation/World

Nation in brief: Man arrested in N.C. slaying

The Spokesman-Review
 

A man charged with murdering the University of North Carolina student body president was arrested Wednesday as detectives hunted for a second suspect.

Police would not say which suspect they believe shot and killed Eve Carson, 22, of Athens, Ga., who was found a week ago lying on a street about a mile from campus. The biology and political science major had been shot several times, including once in the right temple.

In the days after Carson’s death, police focused their investigation on several ATM and convenience store surveillance photos.

Demario James Atwater, 21, was arrested early Wednesday as he left a home in Durham that police had placed under surveillance after receiving a tip.

Shackled at the ankles and waist, and with a public defender at his side, Atwater appeared to have a wound and a bruise on his right cheek at his court appearance. Atwater was ordered held without bond on a charge of first-degree murder. His next court date was set for March 24.

Police said they are still searching for the second suspect, 17-year-old Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr., who was thought to be armed and dangerous.

Washington

Kevorkian plans run for House seat

Assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian plans to run for Congress, complicating a Michigan race that is expected to be among the most competitive in the nation.

The so-called “Dr. Death,” who was released from prison last year and remains on parole, will run as a candidate with no party affiliation for a congressional seat representing Detroit’s suburbs, an associate said.

“Jack is in great spirits, and he intends to do this. He just hopes for some honesty in government,” said Ruth Holmes, Kevorkian’s longtime jury consultant.

Kevorkian plans to focus on prison reform and bringing integrity to the government, Holmes said.

Holmes said Kevorkian would need to collect 3,000 signatures by mid-July to be placed on the ballot.

The Oakland County seat currently is held by Republican Rep. Joe Knollenberg, who is being challenged by Democrat Gary Peters, a former state lottery commissioner who has been highly touted by national party leaders.


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