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Defense asks for delay in Vass murder trial

Posted January 5, 2010

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— The defense attorney for one of five men accused in the 2007 death of a 12-year-old Moore County girl on Monday asked the judge for more time to prepare for trial.

Michael Graham Currie, of Cameron, faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the Sept. 21, 2007, death of Emily Elizabeth Haddock.

Haddock was home sick when several men broke into her home on Marks Road outside Vass. Investigators said they believe the intruders intended to burglarize the house but were surprised to find the girl at home.

Currie's trial is to begin Feb. 1, unless his lawyer, Tony Buzzard, is granted the continuance he is seeking.

Currie and his co-defendants – Sherrod Nicholas Harrison, Van Roger Smith Jr. and Perry Ross Schiro, all of Cameron, and Ryan Jermar White, of Sanford – are on the trial calendar together, but Buzzard said he does not know whether Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger plans to try the men individually or as a group.

Krueger has said she plans to seek the death penalty for Currie and Harrison. Smith, Schiro and White face the same charges – murder and breaking and entering – but prosecutors said they wouldn't seek the death penalty against them.


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  • LibertarianTechie Jan 6, 2010

    This crime happened in 2007--more than two years ago! This "guy"'s attorney has had time to prepare! We should bring back the hanging of criminals--especially for this waste of human flesh.

  • shc0729 Jan 5, 2010

    No DELAY!! Emily Elizabeth was not given a chance to ask for a delay. Go Maureen-- Prison is to good for these bad dudes.

  • Redneck Fun Jan 5, 2010

    I LOVE Maureen Krueger!! Let me tell you, when I was an officer in Moore County she was absolutely AWESOME!! She is a real DA!!

  • Ol Forrester Jan 5, 2010

    I think the defense attorney should be held in "contempt of court". Maybe a little quiet time in a cell would help him prepare what he should have done months ago.

  • Jan 5, 2010

    So glad to see a media outlet not burying this story.

  • lucygreybone Jan 5, 2010

    This seriously hurts me. I can't even stand to read about it, much less try to understand the suffering her parents have gone through. I dont understand these boys at all. Why not just run and get probation for a year or two?

    Maureen will take care of this. Thanks Maureen.

  • Blessyourheart Jan 5, 2010

    Go get 'em Maureen! We are so proud of the work you are doing here in Moore County!

  • Lead by Example Jan 5, 2010

    I'm glad that at least some District Attorneys still seek the death penalty. The worst of crimes deserve the harshest penalties allowed under the law.

  • oldrebel Jan 5, 2010

    Defense has had 27 months to prepare for the trial. Delays initiated like this solely to "buy time" for the accused are why death penalty trials are held up as more expensive than others.