Mark Carver

SARAH DELIA

In 2011, Mark Carver was convicted of the death of a UNC Charlotte student found dead on the banks of the Catawba River.

But in June, Superior Court Judge Christopher Bragg overturned Carver’s conviction. It’s been almost three months since he posted bond and walked out of the Gaston County jail.

But to say that Carver is a free man, would be an overstatement. Although his conviction was overturned, Carver’s charges still stand. 

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Last week a judge overturned Mark Carver’s 2011 first degree murder conviction for the death of a UNC Charlotte student. On Tuesday Carver was transferred and released from the Gaston County jailhouse. 

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For eight years, Mark Carver has been in state prison serving a life sentence for the 2008 killing of UNC Charlotte student Ira Yarmolenko. Her body was found on the banks of the Catawba River, near where Carver was fishing the day she died.

Gaston County DA Locke Bell speaks to reporters after closing arguments in Mark Carver hearing.
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Mark Carver was convicted of the murder of UNC Charlotte student Ira Yarmolenko eight years ago. But for the past 2 weeks, his defense has been arguing in court that his conviction should be overturned.

On Friday both the state and defense made their closing arguments and the decision is now in the hands of Superior Court Judge Christopher Bragg who is expected to rule in June. 

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Mark Carver did not testify eight years ago when he was convicted for the 2008 murder of UNC Charlotte student Ira Yarmolenko in Gaston County. Carver is serving a life sentence, but for the last two weeks a hearing has been underway to determine whether that conviction should be overturned. Yesterday, Carver took the stand.

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Mark Carver, the Gaston County man currently serving a life sentence for the murder of a UNC Charlotte student, will testify Thursday.

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Mark Carver, a Gaston County man currently serving a life sentence for the murder of a UNC Charlotte student, is expected to take the stand after his former attorney finishes testifying, which could be today. This current hearing will determine whether Carver’s conviction will stand.

Carver was convicted for the 2008 murder of Ira Yarmolenko whose body was found on the banks of the Catawba River.

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In May of 2008, a UNC Charlotte student was found dead on the banks of the Catawba River. That student was Ira Yarmolenko. Her body was found lying beside her car with three bindings around her neck. Two Gaston County men who were fishing nearby where Yarmolenko's body was found, Mark Carver and Neal Cassada, were charged with murder.

Sarah Delia

In May of 2008, a UNCC student was found dead in Mount Holly on the banks of the Catawba River. Twenty-year-old Ira Yarmolenko was found lying beside her car with three bindings around her neck. Mark Carver was convicted of her murder. Although he wasn't present at the Gaston County Courthouse Thursday, his lawyers were there to argue his case.