HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Authorities charged a man with first-degree murder in the killing of University of North Carolina's student body president.

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

Shackled at the ankle and waist and with a public defender at his side, Atwater whispered "yes" when asked if he understood the charged against him.

District Attorney Jim Woodall asked that Atwater's next appearance be set for March 24.

The 22-year-old Eve 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, leading to a massive outpouring of grief at North Carolina.