Slain UNC Charlotte student Irina Yarmolenko was found last May with a bungee cord, ribbon and drawstring around her neck, according to new details contained in motions filed this week in Gaston County Superior Court.
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According to discovery evidence released to defense lawyers representing the two suspects in the case, DNA from the items around Yarmolenko’s neck and scrapings from beneath her fingernails did not match either suspect.
But partial evidence from both men did match DNA found inside the car, according to the motions, which seek modifications in the defendants bonds.
Mark Carver of Gastonia and his cousin, Neal Leon Cassada Jr. of Mount Holly, have been charged with first-degree murder in the May 5, 2008 killing of Yarmolenko, 20. Her body was found beside her car on the banks of the Catawba River in Mount Holly where authorities said she had gone to take photos. An autopsy revealed asphyxia as the cause of death. - Joe Depriest