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3 jurors needed in UNC student death trial

HILLSBOROUGH, NC (AP) — Opening arguments are expected to begin this week in the trial of a man charged in the death of the student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill more than three years ago.

Eleven jurors had been chosen as of Friday in the trial of 21-year-old Laurence Lovette Jr. of Durham. One more juror and two alternates must be chosen before the trial can begin in Hillsborough.

Lovette is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Eve Carson of Athens, Ga., who was killed in March 2008.

Opening statements could begin Monday.

Demario James Atwater pleaded guilty last year to charges in Carson’s death and is serving a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole. Lovette also faces life in prison if convicted.

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

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