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Lawyer for man charged in Fayetteville girl's death quits

Posted December 9, 2009

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— The man charged with killing 5-year-old Shaniya Nicole Davis will get a new lawyer to represent him.

Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, of 2613 Pine Springs Drive, is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape of a child and first-degree kidnapping in Shaniya's death.

She was reported missing from her Fayetteville home on Nov. 10. Her body was found in a patch of kudzu off a rural road near the Lee-Harnett County line six days later.

She died of asphyxiation, according to preliminary autopsy results.

Fayetteville attorney Allen Rogers represented McNeill during his initial court appearances, but he has withdrawn from the case, saying a public defender could provide McNeill with more resources.

McNeill's next court date is set for Jan. 27.

Shaniya's mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, 25, has been charged with human trafficking, felony child abuse–prostitution, filing a false police report and obstructing a police investigation. Arrest warrants state that Davis "did knowingly provide Shaniya with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude" and "did permit an act of prostitution with Shaniya."

McNeill and Antoinette Davis are being held in state prisons in Raleigh for their own protection, authorities said.

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  • james27613 Dec 10, 2009

    Even if you tell your lawyer you are guilty of the crime(s),
    he or she has the duty to provide you with expert legal advise
    and to make sure you are represented in the court.

    This is the backbone of our judicial system, everyone is innocent until proven guilty, beyond the shadow of a doubt, in a court of law.

    Look up the move 1956 'The Wrong Man', a true story.

    Even recently in NC men were sent to prison even when the
    prosecution had evidence to prove he was innocent and this info was not presented to the court.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Dec 10, 2009

    Hopefully, the lawyer's conscience got to him.

  • CrewMax Dec 10, 2009

    Could anyone diagram this headline?

  • Jack Flash Dec 10, 2009

    "Our system works because we try to give everyone a fair trial, no matter how disgusting the crime. Didn't you people learn anything from the Duke LAX guys?"

    True. Let's also not forget that a different man was arrested for this same crime prior to McNeil. The charges against him were dropped and he was released, but he'd have already been dead if some of the people here had their way.

  • LOC Dec 10, 2009

    I couldnt represent him.. He will have a hard time finding someone to represent him. Skip the trail and take hime right to DEATH ROW!

  • tafiliclan1 Dec 10, 2009

    It is very easy to be a Prosecutor than to be a defense attorney in this case. That what separates US from any other country in the world. No matter how sick your crime is, you will get your day in court with legal representation.
    I hope LIFE is not an option here. The little Girl did not get hers.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Dec 10, 2009

    Our system works because we try to give everyone a fair trial, no matter how disgusting the crime. Didn't you people learn anything from the Duke LAX guys?

  • esprg Dec 10, 2009

    "McNeill and Antoinette Davis are being held in state prisons in Raleigh for their own protection, authorities said." ... What they need protection for??? I see no need to protect either of them.

  • kbo80 Dec 10, 2009

    Even if he was getting paid, you have to be out of your mind to defend this thing. He does not even deserve a lawyer. I personally would not be able to defend him, looking at the evidence would make me sick to my stomach.

  • DRinNC Dec 10, 2009

    mpheels Is exactly right. We are still fighting today to defend our freedoms and our rights as US citizens. If we withhold these rights from any among us, we dishonor all those how have fought and died so that we can be free. We also step onto the slippery slope of who will decide in the next case if we should drag the accused behind the Central Prison and kill him. These laws and rights protect us all. Only the foolish ones among us would do away with them.

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