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Suspect admitted to Roanoke Rapids stabbings

Posted May 14, 2010

— A Roanoke Rapids man charged in the stabbing deaths of a mother and daughter admitted to killing them with a kitchen knife, according to search warrants returned this week.

Tony Maurice Gorham, 28, told investigators he robbed Maxine McCrary, 92, and Nancy Burgess, 65, in McCrary's home for $200, affidavits state.

Maxine McCrary Warrants reveal new details in slayings

Gorham, who was McCrary's neighbor, faces two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon in the May 7 slayings. He is being held in the Halifax County jail without bond.

Investigators seized several items from Gorham's home, at 325 U.S. Highway 158, and McCrary's home, at 311 U.S. 158, including a burgundy purse, a gold purse, an earring from inside McCrary's house and another earring found outside the home.

Detectives also collected a patch of brown hair from the yard. A telephone and cell phone and several swabs were also taken as evidence, the warrants indicate.

Roanoke Rapids police arrested Gorham Saturday and later charged his girlfriend, Valerie Mayo McGee, with accessory charges for allegedly helping to destroy and conceal evidence.

McGee, 33, was in the Halifax County jail under a $250,000 bond on two counts each of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder and accessory after the fact to armed robbery.


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  • dlentz2 May 14, 2010

    $200 are you kidding me? This guy was their neighbor. He knew they didn't have much money. $200 for 2 lives. What is our society coming to?

  • shortcake53 May 14, 2010

    Two wonderful ladies lost their lives over $200.00. This makes me furious. He could have gotten a job and made more than that over a weeks time. Instead he steals not only their money but their actual lives. They wont print what I want to call him, and his girlfriend. I hope they both fry.

  • G-man May 14, 2010

    Life in prison without parole, ever would be better.

    Would you like a career watching him for the rest of his life. I hear they are hiring.

  • bombayrunner May 14, 2010

    MillerB ... hit the nail on the head.

  • bombayrunner May 14, 2010

    msmookie2u ... let say that was your mom or sister. What then? Everyone is scared no matter what form the grim reaper takes in his approach. But for some of these kinds of crimes, if found guilty ... I think a public hanging right out in the towne square would be good to see. Have some hooded character pulling the trap door pin and everything. Serve beer too.

  • MillerB May 14, 2010

    msmookie2u, have you even READ this article? This man admitted to brutally murdering thse women. Are you really naive enough to believe race has anything to do with people's comments about him? I don't care if he's white, black, blue, purple, yellow, or muave with fuscia polka dots. He's a scumbag that deserves to fry.

  • bombayrunner May 14, 2010

    You have to wonder what goes through a person's mind. Lot of bad people out there.

  • Eduardo1 May 14, 2010

    msmookie2u....teach love not hate. well this accused "person" learned hate very well. STOP with the racist bologna! IF guilty, would you give him love or hate? Would you put him out in society? We know that murderers come in all colors: Hitler, Idi Amin, Stalin, Tojo, Mao, Dohemers, Radar,Kroll, Brzhnev,Bundy,Rameriz, Pol Pot etc. But with your thinking, we should love them All not HATE

  • wildcat May 14, 2010

    do these brutal crimes, we need to HANG them.

    Will never happen in America. A person has the right to a fair trial. Life in prison without parole, ever would be better.

  • Just Once May 14, 2010

    Race has nothing to do with it. I would say Hang the Crac ker if he was white - and HANG the Martian if he was Green.

    The point is, when people - ANY People - do these brutal crimes, we need to HANG them.