Authorities have charged a suspect in the slaying of University of North Carolina student body president Eve Carson with first-degree murder.

Documents filed Wednesday named the defendant as 21-year-old Demario James Atwater, of Durham.

Chapel Hill police and District Attorney Jim Woodall gathered Wednesday afternoon in an Orange County courtroom for Atwater's first appearance.

The 22-year-old Carson was found March 5 lying on a street about a mile from campus. The biology and political science major from Athens, Ga., had been shot several times, including once in the right temple.

Her body was positively identified the next day, leaving to a massive outpouring of grief at North Carolina. Thousands gathered that day at two campus memorial services, and a third is planned for next week at the school's basketball arena.