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Police: Woman helped destroy evidence in double slayings

Posted May 12, 2010

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— A Garysburg woman arrested in connection with a double homicide in Roanoke Rapids made her first court appearance Wednesday on accessory charges.

Valerie Mayo McGee, 33, was arrested Monday on two counts each of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and accessory after the fact to armed robbery in connection with the May 7 stabbing deaths of Maxine McCrary, 92, and Nancy Burgess. 65.

Roanoke Rapids police said Wednesday that McGee helped her boyfriend, Tony Maurice Gorham, destroy and conceal evidence after the crime and provided false information to police.

Gorham, 28, fatally stabbed the mother and daughter at McCrary's home, at 311 U.S. Highway 158, authorities said. Investigators arrested him several hours later on two counts of first-degree murder.

Gorham and McCrary were neighbors, and robbery appears to have been a motive in the slayings, investigators said.

McGee's court appearance was brief. She was in the Halifax County jail Wednesday afternoon under a $250,000 bond.

Gorham is being held in the jail without bond.

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  • gunny462 May 13, 2010

    First off, does she look guilty, afraid or showing any remorse in her booking pic? Second, isn't she the one who gave a statement saying something to the fact "He isn't at all like that"? Third, giving false statements.. Cops usually take statements from the individuals when the person is isolated so others can't influence their statements. Fourth, she aided in destroying evidence.

    She's as guilty of the crime as he is.

  • PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN May 12, 2010

    WILDCAT
    why should we have to pay to keep them in out prison system. let the family members do to them as they did to these women. thay should hang both and not let it be a long drawn out thing in the court eaither. Our tax money is not the way to go to keep them alive

  • rhowerton May 12, 2010

    bigred19824ever! THIS IS FOR YOU. YOU NEED TO STOP TALKING ABOUT TH NEWS BECAUSE IF THEY DIDN'T DO IT, THEN NOTHING WOULD BE ON THE NEW'S, and specially there pictures wouldn't won't be on it. THEN ALL SO SHE WOULDN'T HAVE TO HELP COVER UP FOR HIM & HELP DESTROY EVEDENCE. W A K E U P

  • rhowerton May 12, 2010

    I Think He Should Get The Death Penalty & Give It To Him In 30 Day's. For Her She Should Have To Get 50 yrs And Do The Whole Time. It's Bad That They Needed to take to lives to get what they stoled & there live's. WAKE UP DEATH ROW

  • ranquick May 12, 2010

    She needs to face same charges as the guy who killed them

  • mjlt3 May 12, 2010

    What is this "world" coming to? When you can't trust your neighbor enough to open the door? Times have truly changed. It's to bad now days to stand at the kitchen sink and drink a glass of water!!! I hope he rots... because those two older ladies didn't deserve that NO EXECUSE what so ever and for her, was she scared (because he had kill, and it was a possiblity that he might kill her) or was she standing by her MAN? It's a shame. Right now, they way I'm feeling .... give both of them the Chair! May the mother and daughter rest in peace!!! Sad

  • yorky1966 May 12, 2010

    Moabit wrote on May 12, 2010 4:03 p.m.:

    Too sad that the two white elderly neighbors could not trust their black neighbors, but we are wrong when we profile and stereotype. Well in this case it would have been better.

    Not all black people are killers,so yes, profiling and stereotyping are wrong! This is a tragedy regardless of the races of the victims and suspect.

  • rcrdngcountry May 12, 2010

    bring back the death penilty for cold blooded murder, and use it,and use it, don't just give it. these type of people don't
    care if they go to prison, they do care if they go to hell. punish, killers

  • shortcake53 May 12, 2010

    Ironfist, if you had any part of the crime whatsoever, you are just as responsible as the other party involved. She aided him and conceled evidence, so she carries the guilt too.

  • iron fist May 12, 2010

    I wouldn't be so quick to defend her unless you were there.
    bomanicous

    I wouldn't be so quick to judge unless you were there.

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