Man Convicted Of Killing UNC Charlotte Student Released From Jail

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Mark Carver, the man convicted by a jury in 2011 in the death of UNC Charlotte student Ira Yarmolenko, has been released from jail.

A Gaston County judge announced that Carver will be retried for Yarmolenko’s murder on June 5th.  Carver has maintained his innocence since Yarmolenko was found dead on the banks of the Catawba River in 2008.

Carver was sentenced to life in prison after his conviction.  However, a judge recently ruled in favor of a new trial based on new DNA evidence and ineffective counsel during the original trial.

No date for the retrial has been set at this time.  This is a developing story.  Check back for updates.

Update (June 5, 2019):

On Wednesday, a Gaston County judge announced Mark Carver will be retried for the murder of Ira Yarmolenko in 2008.

Carver was convicted by a jury in 2011, but has maintained his innocence. The judge reportedly ruled in favor of a new trial based on new DNA evidence and ineffective counsel during the original trial.

Carver’s attorney says, because the conviction from the original trial has now been set aside, he could be released from jail as early as tomorrow. The date for the new trial has not yet been determined.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Original Story (April 2, 2019):

GASTONIA, N.C. — A man convicted of killing a UNC-Charlotte student is back in court and fighting for a new trial.

A jury convicted Mark Carver in 2011.  Prosecutors say he strangled 20-year-old Ira Yarmolenko on the banks of the Catawba River in 2008.  Carver has maintained his innocence.

A judge recently ordered new DNA testing.  Carver’s supporters are hoping it will clear him of any wrongdoing.

Neal Cassada was also charged in the case but officials say he died one day before his trial of apparent natural causes.

WCCB has a crew in the courtroom.  Check back for updates.