Evidentiary hearing set for man convicted of student's death

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) — An evidentiary hearing is scheduled for a man sentenced to life in the death of a North Carolina college student.

Local media outlets report Union County Superior Court Judge W. David Lee on Monday scheduled the hearing in the case of Mark Carver for Sept. 25. Carver was convicted in 2011 of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of 20-year-old Irina Yarmolenko, a UNC Charlotte student who was found strangled to death beside her car at the bottom of an embankment near the Catawba River.

The hearing comes seven months after the N.C. Center on Actual Innocence filed a motion asking that Carver’s conviction be overturned or his case retried. Attorney Chris Mumma blames the conviction in part on Carver’s past counsel, which presented no evidence in his case.

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