In the early morning hours following a stormy night more than three years ago, Alexandra Bokinsky said her soon-to-be-born daughter was making it difficult for her to stay asleep.
As she was lying in bed in her house on Marilyn Lane, Bokinsky jumped up to look out her window after hearing what she thought were gunshots and a woman yelling.
“It was like bang, a yell, bang, bang, bang. I looked out the window and didn’t see anything, and then I woke up my husband and called 911,” she said to an audience of about 30 people in a Hillsborough court room Wednesday morning.
Bokinsky was the first of a chain of state witnesses that testified in the trial of Laurence Alvin Lovette Jr., a 21-year-old Durham man who is charged with the March 5, 2008, murder of former UNC Student Body President Eve Carson.
Lovette is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, armed robbery and felony larceny. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Following Bokinsky’s description of the phone call she made to the Chapel Hill Police Department at 5:08 a.m., District Attorney Jim Woodall called Sgt. Scott Falise to the stand to tell the jury what happened when he left Bokinsky’s home to search the Hillcrest Drive area behind Bokinsky’s house.
“I saw an object in the road about 50 yards in front me and thought it was a large branch,” Falise said recalling the nights earlier storms. “When I got closer, I realized it was a female with a large injury to her right temple.”
Officer Brian Wheeler, who arrived at the scene just minutes after Falise, said during his testimony that when he walked up to the scene he immediately saw that the victim had been shot in the head.
“Officer Falise asked me to check the victim’s pulse, and I remember I stopped and thought, ‘What’s the point, judging by her wound?’” he said.