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Girlfriend faces charges in Roanoke Rapids slayings

Posted May 11, 2010
Updated May 12, 2010

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— The girlfriend of a man accused of killing a Roanoke Rapids woman and her daughter surrendered to police early Tuesday afternoon on accessory charges in the case.

Arrest warrants were issued Tuesday morning for Valerie Mayo McGee, 33, of Garysburg, on two charges each of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and accessory after the fact to armed robbery, Roanoke Rapids Deputy Police Chief Adam Bondareck said.

McGee was in the Halifax County jail Tuesday afternoon under a $250,000 bond.

Tony Gorham Suspect's girlfriend charged in killings

Her boyfriend, Tony Maurice Gorham, 28, was arrested early Saturday and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his neighbor, Maxine McCrary, 92, and her daughter, Nancy Burgess, 65, of Durham.

Investigators said both were stabbed to death late Friday in McCrary's home, at 311 U.S. Highway 158. Robbery appears to have been a motive in the slaying, investigators said, saying some items had been taken from the house.

Bondareck said that McGee was initially cooperative with investigators, but she stopped communicating with police when they discovered inconsistencies in her story.

Meanwhile, Gorham made a first court appearance on the charges Tuesday, and a judge appointed him an attorney. He was being held without bond Tuesday afternoon in the Halifax County jail.

McGee told WRAL News on Saturday that she lived with Gorham and that the two had been dating for the past 10 years.

"Honestly, the Tony that I know would not have done this," she said.

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  • rhowerton May 12, 2010

    TRUTH IS THE TRUTH, IF HE DIDN'T DO IT WHY DID SHE TURN HER SELF IN & HELP WITH THE CRIME & HIDE EVIDENCE, SORRY they don't know God. i think the pastor is wrong, but of course they are going to take up for them.they knew the DEVEL VERY WELL. PLEASE stop taking up for killer's

  • rhowerton May 12, 2010

    SORRY U DON'T NEED TO GET THE FACT'S BEFORE POSTING! EVIDENCE IS HERE. WHAT DO U FEEL SORRY FOR THEM? MAYBY GOD NEED'S TO TALK TO U, ( bigred19824ever )

  • rhowerton May 12, 2010

    Wildcat, I AM WITH U. I LOVE TO BE ON THE JURY. IT SEEM'S LIKE KT6596 HAS HEARD THE DOOR'S SLAM BEFORE. WHY DO YOU THINK THEY SHOULD'T HEAR THEM THERESELVES, THEY DON'T DESERVE A LIFE. IF PRISION IS THAT BAD THEN WHY DO THEY DO IT. JESSIE I DON'T THINK THIS ONE YOU CAN HELP. ( I PRAY NOT)

  • wildcat May 12, 2010

    WHY DID SHE WANT TO MOVE OUT SHE DONE IT WITH HIM. WHY

    Because she lived with a man that controlled her. She depended on him for everything and would never listen to family or friends who tried their best to tell her, she did not need this man. Now she sees, but too late. Prison will be waiting for her because of criminal deeds.

  • rhowerton May 12, 2010

    WHY DID SHE WANT TO MOVE OUT SHE DONE IT WITH HIM. WHY DID SHE HELP HELP HIDE THE EVEDENCE. COME ON PEOPLE WHAT'S THERE NEXT STORY

  • wildcat May 12, 2010

    bigred19824

    Since you are such a faithful friend to this girl, why don't you go her $250 thousand dollar bond? Don't want to take that chance, right?

  • wildcat May 12, 2010

    bigred19824

    You will finally get the picture when the courts and jury convict her of her deadly crime. Two lives were taken and you still is trying your best to protect this person. You need to seriously start rethinking on this.

  • wildcat May 12, 2010

    Just because they were a couple doesn't mean she had something to do with it especially when you ain't even there when it happened.
    bigred19824ever

    Maybe she was not there, but she tried to destroy the evidence. Quit while you are ahead. Reread the story.

  • wildcat May 12, 2010

    best believe she will have the last laugh in all of this especially the defermation of her character.

    OK, I am with you on this one. But truthfully the prisons will be having the last laugh. SHE IS GUILTY WITHOUT A SHADOW OF DOUBT. Since she is your friend, you should have taught her the right from wrong.

  • wildcat May 12, 2010

    But the problem is because of the victims race but if it had of been the other way around nobody wouldn't have nothing to say.

    This is NOT about race. Its about a elderly woman and her daughter life being taken. It is not racial.

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