the republic logo

North Carolina group reviewing man's conviction in UNC Charlotte student's death

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — A North Carolina group is reviewing the case of a man convicted of killing a University of North Carolina Charlotte student more than six years ago.

The North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence is investigating claims that Mike Carver, 46, was wrongly convicted of killing Irnia Yarmolenko, The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/1xtBp8U ) reported.

The Gaston County man was convicted in 2011 of killing the woman and was sentenced to life in prison. The North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the conviction last year.

Yarmolenko was found strangled May 5, 2008, three days after she turned 20. Her body was on the ground beside her car at the bottom of a 75-foot embankment near the Catawba River. A bungee cord, a ribbon and the drawstring from her sweatshirt were wrapped around her neck.

Executive Director Christine Mumma said lawyers with the Center on Actual Innocence think Carver's claim is credible, but she would not say why.

Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell says he's confident Carver is guilty and will not cooperate in the group's investigation.

"He got a fair trial. Twelve jurors found him guilty. The North Carolina Supreme Court upheld that conviction," Bell said.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.