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Woman charged in double homicide faces embezzlement charges

Posted August 27, 2010

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— A woman who authorities say helped her boyfriend get rid of evidence in a double homicide has been charged with stealing from her late mother's estate, police said Friday.

Valerie Mayo McGee, 33, was charged with 37 counts of embezzlement. Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Jeff Hinton said the charges are related to the theft of more than $300,000 from her mother's estate.

In May, McGee was charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder in the deaths of a mother and daughter.

Maxine McCrary, 92, and Nancy Burgess, 65, were stabbed to death on May 7 in McCrary's home in Roanoke Rapids.

Tony Maurice Gorham, 28, of 325 U.S. Highway 158, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon in the slayings.

Gorham, who was McCrary's neighbor, told investigators that he robbed the women of $200 and then stabbed them with a kitchen knife, according to court documents.

Burgess lived in Durham, where she worked as the budget secretary for Carrington Middle School.

Investigators said McGee helped destroy and conceal evidence in the case.

She posted a $40,000 bond on the embezzlement charges and has been released from jail.

Gorham is being held in the Halifax County jail without bond. Prosecutors said they plan to seek the death penalty against him.

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  • tonyorgkaos Aug 30, 2010

    If she had access to 300K. If one will do their homework that is alot of drugs enought to last years. A. Why would boyfriend kill someone for $.100.00 and B. Why neither one of them had a cell phone or house phone. Something is just not adding up.

  • SmileAndNod Aug 27, 2010

    I agree!

  • mulecitybabe Aug 27, 2010

    ladadeeladayda... I think we've seen what she'll do to a stranger. It's time to make sure she and her boyfriend aren't around to do it to anybody else.

  • SmileAndNod Aug 27, 2010

    Strange they are using the DP here, but not in the Young case or the Apex teen murder.

    If you will steal from your own mom, there's no telling what you would do to a stranger.

  • colliedave Aug 27, 2010

    WHERE DID SHE GET 40 GRAND TO GET OUT OF JAIL????
    in2horses

    in no way an expert but I believe a bond is ten per cent secured by some other assets. This probably came from the 300K she is charged with stealing. just hope the State doesn't allow her to plead indigent so she gets free legal counsel.

  • shortcake53 Aug 27, 2010

    wow, what a ray of sunshine she is...................

  • Weetie Aug 27, 2010

    Isn't that something for them to be proud of???

  • in2horses Aug 27, 2010

    WHERE DID SHE GET 40 GRAND TO GET OUT OF JAIL????

  • chevybelair57sd Aug 27, 2010

    another drug addict running the streets looking for her next victim.

  • garnertoy Aug 27, 2010

    What a daughter

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