Twenty-year-old Laurence Lovette Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the 2008 death of Carson, a native of Athens, Ga.
Authorities say Lovette and Demario Atwater kidnapped the 22-year-old Carson and took her to several ATMs, withdrawing a total of $1,400. Her body was found about a mile from the Chapel Hill campus riddled with gunshot wounds.
Atwater pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to two life prison terms.
Lovette will not face the death penalty because he was a minor at the time of the shooting. He faces life in prison if convicted.