In a commentary in March of 2008, I spoke about patience. We had just experienced a horrific murder of an amazing , inspirational young woman who was the president of the UNC student body. So here we are, 1 thousand, 3 hundred and 86 days later, and now after two convictions, justice has been served. No it wasn’t like TV where there’s a crime, the police investigate, the perp is apprehended, the DA conducts the trial, and the jury comes to a decision, all in one hour, including commercials.
Yes, the search for justice for Eve Carson took over 3 years and 9 months, but justice was served when the jury came back with a guilty on all charges verdict. I think the jurors did a great job, as did Judge Baddour, DA Jim Woodall and his staff, and all of the law enforcement leaders and agencies who were involved.
Some still might wonder why this case took on the life that it did and has so much emotionalism associated with it. I think we were shaken to our core because we just couldn’t believe that someone would come into the community with the express purpose of committing a crime and end up murdering the victim. Our disbelief was obvious back in March of 2008 and we realized our personal security was as fragile as it was. Those things just didn’t happen here …., or so we thought.
So the verdict might bring some comfort and closure to the family, friends and all who live here, but we still must remember, we do live in the real world, and one where we do see that in this case, justice was served. May the same be true in all cases.