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2 Won't Face Death Penalty in Girl's Death

Posted January 24, 2008

— At least two of five teens charged in the September shooting death of a 12-year-old Moore County girl won't face the death penalty if convicted, authorities said Wednesday.

Emily Elizabeth Haddock was at home sick on Sept. 21 when someone broke into her Marks Road home outside Vass and shot her several times with a .22-caliber handgun, authorities said. Investigators said they believe the intruders intended to burglarize the house, but were surprised to find the girl at home.

Sherrod Nicholas Harrison, 20, Michael Graham Currie, 18, Van Roger Smith Jr., 16, and Perry Ross Schiro, 19, all of Cameron, and Ryan Jermar White, 18, of Sanford, have been indicted on charges of murder and breaking and entering in the case.

Moore County prosecutors said they don't plan to pursue a capital case against White because investigators said he wasn't in the home at the time of the slaying.

Smith will be tried as an adult in the case, but he can't face the possibility of a death sentence because of his age, authorities said.

Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty against Harrison and Currie. They haven't decided yet how to proceed against Schiro.


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  • CoCo Jan 25, 2008

    I do not want my tax dollars supporting these animals for the rest of their lives. I agree, they could have just left the house when they realized someone was home but they didn't which shows a clear intent to cause harm to her. I can't imagine her fear and pain. I could care less how old these perps are - they need to GO!

  • Bradley07 Jan 25, 2008

    Amen shoot them all!!! They could have just left the house when they realized she was there. They didn't have to hurt her.

  • JAT Jan 25, 2008

    I think that the fact they took a gun with them shows premeditation that they had considered the fact they'd have to shoot someone. But, I'm smart enough to know that it only takes 1 person to hang the jury.

  • Raptor06 Jan 25, 2008

    Why is race mentioned in these comments? Apparently many of you have forgotten a lot of history about murder in this state and how many courts failed to convict despite overwhelming evidence. However, I agree the death penalty was written for this type of crime. I am a father, and I feel the penalty is certainly warranted in this case.

    BTW "hooligan" - It's time for you to grow up. All I can say is that a clean sheet only makes you a better target. An horrific crime has been committed against an innocent victim, and it's time that people be held accountable for their crimes. We already know there has been a history of people getting away with like crimes and many of them were committed by people in "clean" sheets.

  • TwoFer Jan 25, 2008

    They should still be executed by the public.

  • Jackstraw23 Jan 25, 2008

    These guys had the opportunity to run away once they realized that someone was home. They chose to stay and kill! Put them all to death!

    I totally agree.
    It is all about choice. They chose to stay and kill. We the people should be able to choose too. I say we kill all who choose to kill.

  • thepeopleschamp Jan 25, 2008

    I work at one of the many schools Currie attended. He had a lengthy juvy record and worse adult record and is still only 18. Good luck Moore Co. DA's office. I hope you get a better jury than the ones in Harnett County that kept releasing this person back onto the public.

  • hooligan Jan 25, 2008

    i just washed my sheets and i am ready to rally!

  • churchgirl2 Jan 25, 2008

    I agree tonedout. This is such a tragic situation. Why is race even a factor? God bless those famlies.

  • Sweet Tiffyhog Jan 25, 2008

    I agree with NCSTATE27, this is terrible, can't imagine what her family is going thru.Prayers for them.