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Judge denies defense motion in UNC leader’s death

HILLSBOROUGH, NC (AP) — A judge has denied a defense motion to prohibit prosecutors from introducing evidence from the slaying of a Duke University graduate student in the trial of a man accused of killing the student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill more than three years ago.

The lawyers representing 21-year-old Laurence Alvin Lovette argued Monday that testimony including details about the Durham case would prejudice a jury against Lovette.

Judge Allen Baddour ruled against the defense, but said that did not mean Lovette’s attorneys could not argue during trial that certain evidence was hearsay and should not be allowed.

Eve Carson of Athens, Ga., was shot to death on March 5, 2008, after she was abducted and robbed. Lovette has pleaded not guilty in her death.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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