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Accused child killer: 'Release me'

Posted May 17, 2011

— A man charged with raping and killing a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl has requested his release while awaiting trial.

"Release me. It's easiest," Mario Andrette McNeill said in a hand-written note from Central Prison in Raleigh, where he is being held for his own safety.

McNeill, 30, was arrested in November 2009 on charges he kidnapped, raped and murdered Shaniya Davis. Her body was found in a kudzu patch near the Lee-Harnett county line six days after she disappeared from her Fayetteville home.

An autopsy determined that Shaniya died of asphyxiation and that injuries she suffered were consistent with a sexual assault. A medical examiner noted in the autopsy that investigators believe the girl was used to pay off a drug debt.

Shaniya's mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, 26, was charged with human trafficking, felony child abuse–prostitution, filing a false police report and obstructing a police investigation. Arrest warrants state that Davis "did knowingly provide Shaniya with the intent that she be held in sexual servitude" and "did permit an act of prostitution with Shaniya."

A grand jury hasn't yet indicted McNeill or Antoinette Davis in the case, and no trial dates can be set until then. The Cumberland County grand jury meets next on June 13.

McNeill addressed his request "To Whom This May Concern" and mailed it to the Cumberland County Clerk of Court.


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  • wildcat May 18, 2011

    Someone needs to tell him that he no longer have a say. The people of the courts once he gets there will decide his fate called a jury.

  • wildcat May 18, 2011

    has requested his release while awaiting trial.

    No! No! He should remain in jail until his court date. Turning him lose would be a big mistake. Also he could do this to another child and no one would want that. Keep this child abuser/murderer locked up and off the streets.

  • shemontay May 18, 2011

    wow i cant believe he even has the audacity to ask to be released. After the uncivilized way he murdered a five year old baby. Really! and even his picture has this smurk about it. Not to mention I dont agree with the fact the mother is free and walking around. You got to be kidding me.

  • brwneyez70 May 18, 2011

    She needs to be locked away with him! I hold her jus as responsible as him! I try to avoid this story bc this REALLY get's me mad. I have a daughther & I know what I would have have done! Forget a judge or juror bc I'd save the taxpayers a lot of money! 518/1415

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 May 18, 2011

    I think this man SHOULD be released. THEN, let whoever gets hold of him, have a free for all; do whatever they like, as long as they like. Then, give another good citizen an opportunity. Keep on keepin' on! LOL!


  • kjb123 May 18, 2011

    I wonder if Shaniya's family is aware of this. Antoinette is walking free and no harm has come her way, which amazes me. Once he is convicted he'll be put in the general population and so will the "mom". Be patient everyone they will get theirs. Just keep praying for Shaniya's justice.

  • mgilchrist May 18, 2011

    He needs to just shut up and stay in Central Prison without a trial. Should just hang him like China better yet send him to Iraq and put him on the front line. That poor baby didn't have a chance I life why should he...

  • Vietnam Vet May 18, 2011

    Release him??? WHY on earth would we want to do that? He's off the streets and in my mind exactly where he needs to be!!

  • slantedeyes May 18, 2011

    This is no doubt a horrible and cruel crime and me being a mother of three small children in my personal opinion believe that child molesters and killers should have the harshes sentences because these babies are innocent and these animals prey on them. However for certain groups you are guilty until proven innocent which is a travesty of justice the state needs to get it together do their job and prove he is a murder and a rapist and we can rest easier knowing The system is working the way it was created to work

  • jennylock2004 May 18, 2011

    It still sickens me to see their faces. She is just as guilty of murder. I couldnt imaging sending my precious innocent 5 yr old daughter with a man for sex. SO SICK!