Suspect in slayings of 2 NC college students held on $3M bond

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- A 17-year-old accused in the killings of two North Carolina college students has been ordered held on a 3-million-dollar bond.

Laurence Lovette (luh-VET') is charged with murder in the deaths of a Duke University graduate student and a University of North Carolina student body president.

During his initial court appearance today in the Duke graduate student slaying, prosecutors said they asked for the high bond because Lovette is already facing trial on a number of other charges. Court records show that between the January slaying and the one last week, police arrested and charged him with felonies including burglary, car theft and resisting arrest.

Lovette was arrested after police released two surveillance photos they said show him using the ATM card of the second victim. Prosecutors say detectives linked Lovette to the earlier killing through phone records, a vehicle and items taken from his home.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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