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macon.com Midday Update: Prosecutors to seek death penalty in UNC slaying; service to honor Braves announcer Skip Caray; gas prices still falling in Georgia

Prosecutors said today they plan to seek the death penalty against a man charged in the fatal shooting of former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall told a judge during a court hearing that he plans to seek the execution of Demario James Atwater, 22. Jurors in Orange County haven't sentenced anyone to death since North Carolina resumed executions in 1984.

Atwater and Laurence Alvin Lovette, 17, are charged with first-degree murder in Carson's death. The death penalty can't be sought against Lovette because of his age.

Carson, 22, of Athens, was found dead March 5 in a residential street near campus. She was shot five times, including once in the head, according to an autopsy.

Woodall said Monday that Atwater shot Carson in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun after he and Atwater kidnapped Carson and drove her to several ATMs. Woodall said about $1,400 was taken from her account.

Atwater also is charged with first-degree kidnapping, felonious larceny, armed robbery and felonious possession of stolen goods.

– Associated Press

Service to honor Braves announcer Skip Caray

Fans, friends and more than a few Atlanta Braves players are expected to attend a memorial service for legendary broadcaster Skip Caray.

The service will honor Caray, who died last week at the age of 68. He was the son of well-known Cubs Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray and a member of the Braves broadcast team for 33 years.

Caray's last game in the broadcast booth was July 31. Various health problems had limited Caray to calling only home games this season.

The service begins Monday at 4 p.m. at an Atlanta church.

The Braves will also hold a public tribute to Caray at Turner Field on Tuesday morning and a ceremony before Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs.

– Associated Press

Gas prices still falling in Georgia

Gasoline prices continue to drop across Georgia.

Monday's statewide average for regular was $3.74 per gallon, down about a penny from Sunday.

The AAA auto club reports the price for regular has dipped 29 cents since last month.

The nationwide average price of a gallon of regular unleaded was $3.81.

AAA said the statewide average for midgrade fuel was $3.92 while premium costs $4.10 a gallon.

– Associated Press

WHAT'S COMING UP ON MACON.COM

– The Macon City Council's public safety committee today is expected to look at an ordinance asking FEMA to allow contractors to go onto private property to pick up tornado debris. We'll let you know how it goes.– We'll tell you about a Middle Georgia congregation's plan to pay students for making good grades.

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