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Accused killer rejects plea deal in girl's death

Posted June 3, 2010

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— A Cameron man accused of killing a 12-year-old Moore County girl in a botched break-in almost three years ago rejected a plea deal in the case on Thursday, choosing to take his case to trial.

Michael Graham Currie, 21, is charged with first-degree murder and breaking and entering in the Sept. 21, 2007, death of Emily Elizabeth Haddock. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Cameron man could face death penalty in girl's death

Currie was prepared to plead guilty in the case during a Thursday afternoon court hearing in exchange for a life sentence, but he changed his mind and told a Superior Court judge that he wouldn't take the deal that prosecutors offered.

Defense attorneys declined to comment after the hearing. Members of Haddock's family also declined to comment.

Currie's trial is scheduled to begin in August.

Meanwhile, one of four other men charged in the case pleaded guilty to a charge of accessory after the fact of murder. Sherrod Nicholas Harrison, of Cameron, was sentenced to 93 to 123 months in prison and is required to testify against Currie and the other defendants as part of his plea agreement.

In addition to Currie and Harrison, Van Roger Smith Jr. and Perry Ross Schiro, both of Cameron, and Ryan Jermar White, of Sanford, are charged with breaking into Haddock's house on Marks Road outside Vass and killing her.

Investigators said they believe Currie was the ringleader and the men intended to burglarize the house but were surprised to find the girl, who was home sick. Prosecutors said in court Thursday that Currie shot Haddock in the mouth and head.

Prosecutors initially planned to seek the death penalty against Harrison as well, but they said Thursday that there was no evidence that he was inside the house at the time of the slaying.

Smith is too young to qualify for the death penalty under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and prosecutors previously said they wouldn't seek the death penalty against Schiro and White.

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  • shortcake53 Jun 4, 2010

    ambernicole919, NONE of them were there to do any good. I dont care who pulled the trigger, they are all guilty of being where they had no business being. Period.

  • ambernicole919 Jun 4, 2010

    Prosecutors initially planned to seek the death penalty against Harrison as well, but they said Thursday that there was no evidence that he was inside the house at the time of the slaying.Smith is too young to qualify for the death penalty under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. --- apparently him and his lawyer have a good reason for turning it down.

    None of u were in the house and although I feel for the young girls family its more often then you would think that people are pressured into lead statements against a person.

    ont the oppisiste look this man could want death from his own guilty thoughts.

    Just an idea but a lot of u are quick to say he did it, without a doubt -- I understand a young life was taken but its people who feel they were in the home that become jurors and convict the wrong person just for the sake of putting the blame of such a horrific crime on somebody.. anybody!

  • wildcat Jun 4, 2010

    Life in Prison without parole would be better.

  • wildcat Jun 4, 2010

    choosing to take his case to trial.

    So he want to be the big man and take his case to court costing the tax payers more money. I would like to tell this young man that the end results will be the same in court with the jury....GUILTY GUILTY! A young girls life was taken, I hope he realizes that.

  • ForTheLoveOf Jun 4, 2010

    Olando, do you work as a lawyer/prosecutor? My understanding is that plea deals are offered so that they don't have to waste time with a trial...

    The saddest part of the story is that the girl was shot in the mouth and the head... That is heartless. This man, as well as his accomplices should all be hanged. Justice served.

  • olando505 Jun 3, 2010

    Seems like there is more to this case than is being made public. If the prosecution had such a strong case, they would have never offered a plea deal. or the public defender is looking for the fast way out and offered the plea deal to the prosecutor. at any rate, let the wheels of justice turn

  • justafella Jun 3, 2010

    Dumb donkeys behind! Should have taken the plea deal.

  • vjlaw72 Jun 3, 2010

    A death penalty case if there ever was one.

  • mcoupe Jun 3, 2010

    I hope they choose to use the Death Penalty. They should pay for their actions. That poor little 12 year wasnt given a chance so neither should these criminals!

  • UPTOP Jun 3, 2010

    I think he should've takened the deal !!