A witness testifying in the murder trial of Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr. has made a startling claim about the victim's last moments.
Raleigh local station WRAL reports that Jayson McNeil testified Lovette told him that University of North Carolina student Eve Carson asked him to pray with her before she was murdered.
"Before (Lovette) even shot her, he explained, she was saying, 'Let's pray,'" McNeil said, according to WRAL. "She wanted them to pray together."
In March 2008, prosecutors say that Lovette and Demario Atwater kidnapped Carson, drove her to various ATMs to withdraw money and then shot her five times, killing the former student body president, according to WRAL.
Atwater pleaded guilty last year to crimes connected to the killing and is currently serving two life sentences.
ABC reports that Carson's body was found in the middle of a Chapel Hill street the same day she was murdered.
Lovette is also accused of killing Abhijit Mahato, a Duke University student whose body was found in his apartment, according to CBS News. A judge has ruled that evidence from that case can be used in the Carson trial, according to the Herald Sun.
Eve Carson, student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, applauds during election night Feb 15, 2007, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Carson was found shot to death on a city street in what police said Thursday, March 6, 2008 appeared to be a random crime, stunning the campus community who knew her well. Officials said there are no suspects and no arrests have been made.