DURHAM, N.C. — Eve Carson’s mother believes the Durham Police Department failed the family of Abhijit Mahato with an incomplete investigation into his murder, according to the News & Observer of Raleigh.
“Their faith is abused; Durham police and officials through their scant investigation grievously failed them,” Teresa Carson wrote in an email to The News & Observer on Thursday.
A jury in Durham on Wednesday found Laurence Lovette Jr. not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of Duke University graduate student Abhijit Mahato.
Mahato, 29, was found shot to death in his apartment, south of the Duke campus in January 2008. He was an engineering grad student from India.
The verdict was reached Wednesday morning after the jury deliberated for nearly eight hours.
Prosecutors say Lovette, 23, took Mahato to ATMs to withdraw money from his bank account before taking him back to his home and shooting him between the eyes with a 9mm pistol.
Teresa Carson attended the trial about Mahato’s murder in the Durham County Courthouse for two days at the beginning of the trial. She was working in Texas when she learned the verdict.
“I wanted to stand in solidarity with the family of Abhijit Mahato,” she wrote.
Although Lovette was found not guilty in the death of Mahato, he is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Eve Carson.
In the Carson case, prosecutors said Lovette, who was 17 at the time, drove his mother’s car to nearby Chapel Hill with Demario Atwater to find someone to rob.
The pair happened upon Carson and shot her five times for her ATM card and because she had seen their faces, prosecutors said. Her body was left in the street.
Carson was described as a busy Morehead scholar and much-liked 22-year-old student leader from Athens, Ga. She was the student body president of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Friends said she regularly stayed up all night to do her school work.
It has been widely reported that Carson asked her killers to pray with her before she was fatally shot. Her body was found in the road in the early morning hours of March 5, 2008.