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Fifth Teen Charged in Moore County Girl's Death

Posted October 4, 2007

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— A fifth teen has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 12-year-old Moore County girl last month, authorities said Thursday.

Ryan Jermar White, 18, of 332 Deerview Road in Sanford, was charged Wednesday with felony breaking and entering and first-degree murder, the Moore County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities said 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. Investigators said the intruders intended to burglarize the house, but were surprised to find the girl at home.

Sherrod Nicholas Harrison, 19, Michael Graham Currie, 18, and Van Roger Smith Jr., 16, all of Cameron, were arrested a few days after the slaying. Perry Ross Schiro, 19, of 174 Independence Way in Cameron, was charged late last week in the case after a stolen handgun that authorities believe was used in the shooting was found in a car in Harnett County.

During the investigation of the case, authorities said they came across information linking White to the other suspects in the case. Charges were filed after the evidence was presented to local prosecutors, authorities said.