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Security Tight for Teens Charged in Girl's Slaying

Posted September 25, 2007

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— Tight security surrounded three teens Tuesday who have been charged with killing a 12-year-old girl in her Moore County home last week.

Sherrod Nicholas Harrison, 19, Michael Graham Currie, 18, and Van Roger Smith Jr., 16, all of Cameron, have been charged with first-degree murder and breaking and entering in the death of Emily Elizabeth Haddock.

The three teens made their first court appearance Tuesday morning and were appointed attorneys. A bond hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in District Court, but authorities have declined to disclose the time of the hearing for security reasons.

Rumors of threats against the teens swirled through the Moore County Courthouse Tuesday, although authorities said they have received no specific threat.

The teens were being held without bond Tuesday in the Moore County Detention Center, pending Wednesday's hearing.

Meanwhile, about 500 people packed the Hope Mills First Baptist Church for Emily's funeral Tuesday afternoon.

"Everybody's crying. It's sad," said Rick Parker, a friend of the Haddock family. "The preacher can hardly preach. It's hard for words."

Emily was found dead Friday in her home on Marks Road outside of Vass. She had stayed home from school with strep throat and was alone when someone broke into the house and, surprised to find someone inside, shot her several times with a .22-caliber handgun, authorities said.

One of the three teens charged in the slaying also is considered a "person of interest" in an attempted break-in last Friday about a mile from the Haddock home, authorities said.

Harnett County authorities located a stolen .22-caliber handgun on Monday in a car with stolen plates in the Carolina Hills area of the county. The gun had been stolen last Thursday from a home, and authorities said it might be the weapon used in the slaying.

Perry Ross Schiro, 19, of Cameron, was charged with burglary, larceny and possession of stolen property in connection with the gun. He hasn't been charged in Emily's death.

Harrison and Smith live on Marks Road about six miles from the Haddock home.

Harrison and Currie have had previous arrests.

Harrison pleaded guilty in 2005 to three counts of breaking and entering and one count of second-degree burglary. Currie pleaded guilty last year to two counts each of misdemeanor larceny and unauthorized use of a vehicle, and he also has been convicted of misdemeanor breaking and entering, trespassing and assault.

According to the state Department of Correction, neither teen has served time in prison.

Currie also was arrested in connection with a January 2006 break-in at Kaela Schmier's house in Harnett County, authorities said. Schmier said seeing his photo in television reports of Emily's slaying scared her.

"It makes me look back and think that could have been me last year," she said. "I think he should have been serving a lot of jail time."

The families of Harrison and Smith couldn't be reached Tuesday for comment. Currie's father said he wasn't ready to comment.

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  • browniegirl67 Sep 26, 2007

    I know lots of people who would like to "march", please let us know when it will take place.

  • browniegirl67 Sep 26, 2007

    I have to agree with welfare blows on this one. The NAACP always tries to jump in and blame it on others, let's see what they say now!!!! Rest in peace, Emily.

  • oneday8035 Sep 26, 2007

    Jackstraw...I totally agree with you...let them out to face the music. I feel for the officers assigned to guard them. They have a job to do but they are also human and maybe even fathers of little girls. I don't envy the restraint that they must be having to use every minute of every day that these thugs are locked up.

  • give me no quarter Sep 26, 2007

    This was not a hate crime. These kids steal, sell the property to buy their crack. It would not have made any difference who was in that house that day.

  • Jackstraw23 Sep 26, 2007

    JUSTICE FROM OUR GOD IN HEAVEN, DONT YOU KNOEW HOW THE SONG GOES........ OH HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH ...... THEY CAN GET ALL THE JUSTICE THEY NEED RIGHT HERE ON EARTH......LETS START IN JOHNSTON COUNTY, MOVE OVER TO WILSON COUNTY, THEN HARNETT CO. THE LIST GOES ON. LIKE ALLL 100 COUNTIES IN NC. JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED HERE ON EARTH. DO UNTO OTHERS AS THEY HAVE DONE TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAN I GET A AMEN FROM THE CONGREGATION?

  • Jackstraw23 Sep 26, 2007

    CAN WE HAVE SOME REAL WORLD JUSTICE FOR THESE "SO CALLED KIDS" 16 year old "BOYS" who want to rob, from some one who for one is a neighbor, pillage, from a friend, And kill and innocent girl? JUSTICE WE SAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CALL FOR JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Give the so called accused no security but JUSTICE from the ones that they wanted to rob!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lissa13082 Sep 26, 2007

    haggis basher - I feel sorry for you - one day you'll learn, I just hope, for your sake, that it's sooner instead of later. People don't just die, they get what they deserve when they reach Heaven (or otherwise as will be the case with these boys who killed this innocent girl)

  • godsholypoet Sep 26, 2007

    laktyl1075, You made a comment about you thought it was better to have boys because of the fact about not becoming a grandmother at a young age(I'M SORRY) But do you think girls get
    pregnant on their own, the last I heard it took a boy and a girl to make a baby so you can still become at grandma at a young age(no disrespect intended). I believe in raising my children going to church to but that doesn't guareenty they won't go out and do something stupid. The world has a way a luring our children away from God no matter how hard we try. We can only pray it doesn't.

  • computer trainer Sep 26, 2007

    They have delayed the bond hearing until next month. Good, let the losers sit there in jail and think about what they have done. Turn off the TV. Or only allow them to watch non violent cartoons. Censor what they read. Maybe a copy of a Time to Kill could be given to each. Make sure that they each have a copy of Emily's precious face in view of their cell. And their families cannot or will not comment, GOOD, cause if they are going to say, oh poor little boys, they have had such a rough life, they were poor, they were mistreated, they are mentally ill, I think that I am going to have to PUKE!

  • Lakeisha Sep 26, 2007

    MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY OF EMILY.MY COMMENT IS THIS PARENTS SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE OF THERE CHILDRENS ACTIONS IF THEY LIVE IN THE HOME, BUT WHEN THE MOVE OUT AT A EARLY AGE TOUGH. I HAVE 3 SONS AGES 13,11 AND 7 AND I KNOW I AM RAISING THEM RIGHT IN CHURCH AND IN SCHOOL. I THOUGHT LIVE WAS EASY FOR HAVING BOYS DUE TO ME NOT HOPING TO BE A YOUNG GRANDMA, BUT YOUTH CRIME HAS GONE TO THE EXTREME AND IT SCARES ME TO HEAR THE THINGS PEOPLE DO TO BE TOUGH, HURTING PEOPLE AND TAKING FROM OTHERS. I LOOK AT MINE AND SAY THEY HAVE SO MUCH SUPPORT FROM THE WHOLE FAMILY TO DO BETTER AND BE A BETTER PERSON TO PASS ON THE MORALS AND RESPECT THAT I HAVE PASSED ON TO THEM FROM WHAT MY PARENTS GAVE TO ME. MAY GOD TOUCH THE HEARTS OF THE FAMILIES INVOLVED, HE WILL GIVE4 THE LAST WORD!!!

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