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3 Suspects in 12-Year-Old's Death Face Fresh Charges

Posted February 11, 2008

— Two of the five suspects in the slaying of a Moore County girl burglarized three other homes and stole weapons and a car during the days surrounding the girl's death, according to indictments handed down by a Harnett County grand jury Monday.

The new indictments charge that Michael Graham Currie and Perry Ross Schiro, both 19 and of Cameron, committed a home burglary each day between Sept. 20 and Sept. 22, 2007.

A third other suspect in Emily Elizabeth Haddock's death – Ryan Jamar White, 18, of Sanford – was also indicted for the Sept. 22 robbery.

Emily, 12, 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 and were surprised to find the girl at home.

According to the grand jury indictments, Currie carried a .22-caliber pistol when he and Schiro broke into a home on McKoy Town Road on Sept. 20. They allegedly stole a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol, as well as jewelry, a TV set and coins valued at more than $1,000.

Jurors indicted the two for a second burglary at Castle Rock Road home in Sanford on Sept. 21 – the day Emily died. They allegedly stole a 2007 Lexus and later set it on fire. The Lexus, along with other items taken from the home, had a value close to $47,000.

On Sept. 22, Currie and Schiro allegedly broke into a home on Rhode Island Way in Cameron and stole rifles and firearms. White and Tyre Graham Richardson, 18 – who is not a suspect in Emily's death – also face charges for that burglary.

Altogether, the grand jury indicted Currie and Schiro on 12 felony charges of breaking and entering, 10 charges of possession of a stolen firearm, two charges of larceny, two charges of possession of stolen property and one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and destruction of personal property.

Schiro also face charges of cocaine possession with intent to sell and deliver and possession of a weapon of mass death and destruction stemming from an incident on July 8, 2007. The jury indicted him on a second charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Curries faces 10 additional charges of larceny of a firearm.

Currie and two other suspects in Emily's death – Sherrod Nicholas Harrison, 20, and Van Roger Smith Jr., 16, both of Cameron – were arrested on Sept. 25. Schiro was charged two days later, and White on Oct. 4.

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against Currie and Harrison, but have not decided how to treat Schiro. Smith cannot face the death penalty due to his age, and prosecutors do not believe that White was in the home at the time of the murder.


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  • TLC2 Feb 12, 2008

    We do have the death penalty in North Carolina, smilinjack.
    Here is a link that shows when the last executions took place which were in 2006. NC has it on hold temporarily. Hopefully that will soon pass and executions will start back


    Just that the da_ _ liberals raise too much fuss to keep the rest of the criminals alive that need to be dead.

    The article states that the "Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty" against 2 of the suspects, one of the them they cannot due to his age, one of them wasn't in the home and one they are unsure about. Read the article before you post. This is about a innocent child - The DA will seek the death penalty and will probably get it. No one likes children getting killed, hurt or anything even hardened criminals.

  • sunflowerbubbles Feb 12, 2008

    There is a death penalty in NC, it's upon the innocent! Hope these guys get what's coming to them soon, for justice to this girl and her family! I know she's up in Heaven watching over her family! Thugs, that's all I can say about these criminals...hopefully one day our legal system will get stronger and better with it's punishment to the point where no one wants to go back... The roads are littered, how about getting their lazy tails out there early in the morning, cold, rain, snow, sleet, and work them to death cleaning the highways up? Put our tax money to work, working them to death!

  • mramorak Feb 12, 2008

    brad07ley "ditto"

  • mooremotox Feb 11, 2008

    Thanks WRAL for this update. I was just thinking of this family the other day wondering when justice would come....
    Please update us when these young men go to court.....
    And please let us all know if they are let out of jail!!!!
    Our thoughts and prayers are still with this family....

  • yeahright2 Feb 11, 2008

    Another case where the death penalty is warranted but will not be given.

  • Smiling Jack 84 Feb 11, 2008

    There is no death penalty in North Carolina.

  • 867-5309 Feb 11, 2008

    Why are these guys still alive? Each one of them deserve the death penalty. All they know is crime; they'll never be a productive member of society. Get rid of them so they can't kill another innocent child. RIP Emily

  • casp3r Feb 11, 2008

    Where were they living then? They don't work, how could they afford a place to live.

  • thepeopleschamp Feb 11, 2008

    I know for a fact Currie's mother was told each time he was arrested, and that was many many times from when he was a juvenile to this outrage. He would just go from one school to another and continue to prey on victims until he worked his way up to there charges.

  • thepeopleschamp Feb 11, 2008

    The Currie suspect terrorized schools in Harnett Co. for years and was found "not guilty" by a Harnett Co. jury just before the murder of this child. He had numerous other felony convictions but, due to our legal system, he was continually released onto the public. I hope his future jury's listen and do their job this time.