GASTONIA, N.C. -- A Gaston County man convicted of murdering a 20-year-old UNCC student that garnered national attention is heading back to court Thursday morning.

Mark Carver, his attorney Chris Mumma, and prosecutors will appear before a judge for a pre-evidentiary hearing concerning Carver's attempts to prove his innocence.

He's currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of killing Ira Yarmolenko.

Mumma, who heads the North Carolina Center for Actual Innocence, claimed the state has yet to give her critical evidence, including electronic evidence from DNA evidence and police reports, which she said she needs to prove her client's innocence.

She hopes Thursday's hearing will clear up what evidence she can obtain through discover.

"The defense is entitled to have the full law enforcement and prosecutorial files, and we are missing information from those files," Mumma said in a phone interview.

Yarmolenko was found strangled to death on the banks of the Catawba River back in 2008.

Carver's DNA was found on Yarmolenko's car, but it wasn't on her body nor the murder weapons.

"DNA analysis that was used in this case did not meet the guidelines that were available at the time and certainly do not meet current guidelines," Mumma claimed.

Carver appealed his conviction all the way to the state Supreme Court, but in January 2013, it upheld his conviction.

The hearing will take place at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 4C at the Gaston County Courthouse.