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  • bgibson3 Jan 18, 4:44 p.m.

    If you want quick justice, perhaps he should get 18 months probation, and then be released, with "time off for good behaviour."

  • chichi Jan 16, 5:30 p.m.

    Good, now maybe her mother will get the same.

  • sunshine1040 Jan 15, 11:23 a.m.

    punish severly and maybe your brothers sisters children will realize crime does not pay. This baby was not asked if she wanted to be assulted but maybe by the time he was through hurting her she wanted to be out of the pain.

  • jackflash123 Jan 14, 1:50 p.m.

    "The protection of innocents has to be put first, always and all ways. PERIOD!!!"

    I agree that's what it OUGHT to be about. When people assume, before trial, what the outcome must be or else, I think they put their own kneejerk, emotional desires ahead of that. Again, in the immediate aftermath of Shaniya's death, THIS VERY MESSAGE BOARD was calling for the death of the wrong guy, who was arrested first. People here let their emotions cloud their judgment in their posts here.

    As for putting the protection of the innocents first, one way we can do this is by not insisting every petty criminal be punished so severely he or she has no hope of forgiveness or opportunity and simply goes deeper and deeper into crime, until something like this happens. Had Mr. O'Neill's previous offenses been publicized here, no doubt numerous taxpayers would have objected to measures that might have paid for his education. Think how much better off Shaniya might be now if we'd been more sensible then.

  • IPayYouPay Jan 14, 9:23 a.m.

    Thank God!!!!! Let me smirk back at him since he got a chance to smirk at cameras when he walked into the court room. That smirk was on tv - I could have shot throught that tv and gone after him. But unlike him that's not my style. I will only smirk back.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Jan 11, 7:55 p.m.

    beachboater - "I hear that child molesters and rapists don't fare to well in the general population."

    I'd like to think that, but unfortunately, there are often gangs in prisons where they band together by crime and protect one another.

    He may end up being safer than he was in his mother's arms.

  • question_why Jan 11, 7:03 p.m.

    This is a horrible story and we would all like to think there is some punishment that would make it seem like justice was obtained for the little girl but there is nothing that compares to what she must have gone thru. I'd love to hear that the story the prosecutor is presenting is wrong and the suffering wasn't as bad as it seems.

  • GRG Jan 11, 7:01 p.m.

    I saw him on the news tonight. He had a smirk on his face and looked like he didn't have a care in the world. What a POS!!!!! I hope he gets the death penalty. Any other decision would not be justice for that little girl.

  • Cock a doodle doo Jan 11, 6:36 p.m.

    What a terrible story. Terrible. What is more worse than this story is reading the comments of people who want us to be more like Iran - all of whom will probably also praise glory to their lord Sunday. *sigh*

  • beachboater Jan 11, 6:26 p.m.

    He should be happy to be tried with the death penalty. Death row inmates get private cells, no interaction with the general population. I hear that child molesters and rapists don't fare to well in the general population.

    And to top all that off, North Carolina basically doesn't have a death penalty. Well, we have one, but it is not carried out. We can't take the life of a murderer because the needle may cause him a little pain a suffering. Nothing compared to the victim, but the criminal has rights not offered to the law-abiding citizens of this state.

  • tsquaring Jan 11, 6:00 p.m.

    Just turn him loose in the general population of the prison. Problem solved.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Jan 11, 5:57 p.m.

    "I hope the jury votes for the death penalty but i doubt it, even if they do he will spend 20-30 yrs on death row anyway"

    I do too; there's always at least one lily-livered milquetoast on juries that hasn't the courage to take responsibility for issuing someone else's execution - even if it's WELL deserved, and that's a danged shame!!!

    That's why I believe there should be 14 on every jury with 12 in agreement making the final decision.

    That will over-rule cowards on juries.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Jan 11, 5:51 p.m.

    jackflash123 - "Most people here seem to be calling for vigilante justice to be law anyway. The system isn't a travesty just b/c you might not get your way."

    It has NOTHING to do with not getting our way.

    It has EVERYTHING to do with putting the rights of innocents and victims last while putting the criminal's first.

    That has to end.

    The protection of innocents has to be put first, always and all ways. PERIOD!!!

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Jan 11, 5:49 p.m.

    "So liberals, do you still not believe in the death penalty?"

    Liberals aren't the only ones who don't believe in the death penalty.

    When will you narrow-minded people come to understand that? There are radicals on both sides. In fact, there are radicals everywhere, so there are few black and white areas, most are gray. So stop trying to define people you've never met so that they will fit people into your narrow-minded little square block you have designed for them.

    That's not only wrong, it's extremely childish because grown-ups know about all the gray areas and they certainly know better than to try to define someone they've never met.

  • gingerlynn Jan 11, 5:45 p.m.

    kbo80 - read the article
    Antoinette Davis is charged with first-degree murder, indecent liberties with a child, felony child abuse, felony sexual servitude, rape of a child, sexual offense of a child by an adult offender, human trafficking and making a false police report.

    She also had been scheduled to go on trial on Feb. 18, but prosecutors said her trial will start separately, likely in March.

  • kbo80 Jan 11, 5:22 p.m.

    It's about time this trial starts and when is the mother going to be on trial? I hope she is not out having more kids to treat like trash.

  • jackflash123 Jan 11, 5:21 p.m.

    "likle maybe dealing with this guy after one of his many assualt charges, or multiple possession and ditribution charges, or even the charge of assualt on a gov't official charge instead of short sentences and probation."

    That is indeed where the system needs improving. However, if the usual M.O. of people commenting here would hold true, an article about such crimes would elicit no discussion of rehabilitation, prison education, etc. No, THAT would be a waste of taxes! Why should law-abiding, judgmental citizens have to contribute to measures that might have prevented Mr. McNeill from continuing down the path that led to Shaniya's horrific murder?

    A little foresight instead of rage afterward might be a useful tool.

  • jackflash123 Jan 11, 5:15 p.m.

    "If something isn't done to our travesty of a Justice system, in the near future, I believe there will become a resurgence in vigilante type Justice. Honest people are fed up with Convicts receiving better treatment, than the Victims!"
    Most people here seem to be calling for vigilante justice to be law anyway. The system isn't a travesty just b/c you might not get your way.

  • Hans Jan 11, 5:13 p.m.

    "In many European countries, people are assumed guilty until they can prove their innocence. I believe that works better than our justice system here because if the person cannot prove their innocence, it's then just a moot point, like it should be in this case." - Dynol Yn Cael Ei

    I'm sorry, but I just cannot agree with that. The accuser (the state in this case) needs to prove guilt. A person should never have to prove their innocence. What if you can't?

  • gingerlynn Jan 11, 5:04 p.m.

    Why has this thing been dragging on for over three years????

  • Just Once Jan 11, 4:53 p.m.

    He should get a fair trial by his peers and make sure he is the one. Then we light him up.

    He is of no use to society if he would do this.

  • donnaferguson21 Jan 11, 4:45 p.m.

    Good!!!!

  • jackflash123 Jan 11, 4:43 p.m.

    "If you are one of those do gooders that just blows hot air, maybe if you have a child (female) you would like to take him home with you."
    That's pretty sick. You're saying the only options are wanting him dead or housing him along w/ your own daughter?

  • jackflash123 Jan 11, 4:33 p.m.

    "So liberals, do you still not believe in the death penalty?"

    Yep. Support or opposition to the death penalty shouldn't be about how individual cases tug on your heartstrings. It's about sticking to your calm, rational principles even when your emotions are tempting you to go another way. What sense is there in allowing our justice system to operate on emotion rather than laws? I'm not even referring to ALL death penalty proponents, just those who think the heart-wrenching particulars of this case is all it takes to turn opponents in favor of it, as if it isn't equally grounded in deeply held principles, religious beliefs, etc.

    Keep in mind, also, that a different guy was arrested for this crime first. Comments RIGHT HERE were calling for him to be lynched, killed in his cell, handed over to [ the poster ], etc... and then he was exonerated. Justice doesn't work when it is compromised by emotion. They can coexist, but they shouldn't mix.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Jan 11, 4:29 p.m.

    lumberman - "Why is the DA even thinking about the death penalty. That has been put on hold because no black people can get a fair trial here in N.C."

    That's in old cases.

    Insofar as I know, there are no modern-day ones where racial discrimination has been claimed and proven.

  • lumberman Jan 11, 4:24 p.m.

    Why is the DA even thinking about the death penalty. That has been put on hold because no black people can get a fair trial here in N.C.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Jan 11, 4:22 p.m.

    Hans - "We do not want to live in a place where you can be killed because of mere accusation, no matter how terrible the accusation."

    Right! But I'm sick of living in a country where someone videoed taking the now dead child into a hotel room after her mother admitted giving her to him in payment of a drug debt can plead not guilty and cost the society untold amounts of money then to prove him guilty.

    There should be cases where the evidence is so cut and dried that a not guilty plea is deemed ludicrous.

    In many European countries, people are assumed guilty until they can prove their innocence. I believe that works better than our justice system here because if the person cannot prove their innocence, it's then just a moot point, like it should be in this case.

  • Pretzel Logic Jan 11, 4:19 p.m.

    RE : Come on, folks. I'm just as sickened and angered by this as you are, but the right to a fair trial and right not to be deprived of life without due process of law are two of the very foundations this country is built upon. We do not want to live in a place where you can be killed because of mere accusation, no matter how terrible the accusation.

    Agreed, Wouldnt want it any other way,

    However, Death Sentenced,,, Death Served,,, 30 days,,,

  • Pretzel Logic Jan 11, 4:15 p.m.

    Pretzel Logic - "But sentences don't work as deterrents ???"

    RE : A death sentence for a killer will keep innocents forever safe from them, so for that one particular killer - it works quite well.

    Wouldn't you say?

    YES I WOULD AND I DO SAY,

    >>>>> Sarcasm to another poster who claims sentences don't work as deterrents, Then does,,,

  • V-Vet 72-75 Jan 11, 4:07 p.m.

    Give McNeill his fair trial. If found guilty, give him one appeal. If found guilty again, remove him from the human race. Do not give him 10 years worth of appeals and make him a burden on the taxpayer.

  • Terkel Jan 11, 4:02 p.m.

    "Sentences aren't determined based on dollars saved or spent, or at least shouldn't be." Dynol

    The best sentence in a thought-out, constructive post.

  • Hans Jan 11, 3:57 p.m.

    "wayneboyd I agree with you WHY ARE THEY STILL HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" - tres1p

    Come on, folks. I'm just as sickened and angered by this as you are, but the right to a fair trial and right not to be deprived of life without due process of law are two of the very foundations this country is built upon. We do not want to live in a place where you can be killed because of mere accusation, no matter how terrible the accusation.

  • Ven Jan 11, 3:53 p.m.

    i think the 'defense attorneys' can go jump off a bridge. I'm not a huge DP fan, but THIS is the kind of case you reseve it for. I would pay for a seat at the table when he goes.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Jan 11, 3:49 p.m.

    Das G - "If he gets the death penalty, it will be turned to a life sentence since it would be racist."

    Since this guy is on video with the child and since the no-account mother has admitted giving the child to him, that's a ludicrous statement.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Jan 11, 3:48 p.m.

    Grand Union - "Death Penalty is even more expensive so that's a poor reason to execute someone."

    Sentences aren't determined based on dollars saved or spent, or at least shouldn't be.

    Sentences should be determined based on the severity of the crime involved, the circumstances under which the crime was committed, and whether the criminal is rehabitable.

    IMHO - One detail that sorely needs to be added (that seems to have been forgotten by the justice system) is - how can we keep society safe from this person in the future.

    In far too many cases that are going by the wayside in our justice system nowadays - the TRUE and ONLY answer is execution which is rarely happening, leading society to either support the criminal for the rest of their days or to face them in society again when they commit another crime - and THAT should NOT be happening, except in rare instances instead of numerous ones.

    That is how our justice system is failing society - sorely!!!

  • annemarek Jan 11, 3:48 p.m.

    But sentences don't work as deterrents ???
    They will if the death sentence is applied to this case. No question-death sentence for this fellow.

  • workerbee Jan 11, 3:47 p.m.

    The fact this guy is trying to find legal avenues away from meeting his maker early is to me just a good indicator of how guilty he is and how convincing the evidence must be. Sounds like a quick try and fry to me. But alas.. this guy will go through years of appeals before finally convincing someone he was the victim of a hate jury and will get moved to life imprisonment...or worse, eligible for parole. And all at the tax payer expense.

  • msncdso Jan 11, 3:46 p.m.

    what a cold, heartless pair.

  • tres1p Jan 11, 3:42 p.m.

    wayneboyd I agree with you WHY ARE THEY STILL HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Jan 11, 3:41 p.m.

    Pretzel Logic - "But sentences don't work as deterrents ???"

    A death sentence for a killer will keep innocents forever safe from them, so for that one particular killer - it works quite well.

    Wouldn't you say?

  • veyor Jan 11, 3:40 p.m.

    Time to set an example.

  • Pretzel Logic Jan 11, 3:27 p.m.

    But sentences don't work as deterrents ???

  • peaceout Jan 11, 3:23 p.m.

    there is no common sense in the justice system anymore...
    this case, the one in Oakwood, the Clayton kid killed in Wilmington for a sandwich...really...someone needs to stop the madness.

  • Das G Jan 11, 3:19 p.m.

    If he gets the death penalty, it will be turned to a life sentence since it would be racist.

  • Pretzel Logic Jan 11, 3:18 p.m.

    RE : Mark my words. If something isn't done to our travesty of a Justice system, in the near future, I believe there will become a resurgence in vigilante type Justice. Honest people are fed up with Convicts receiving better treatment, than the Victims! !!!!! I know this is the 21st Century, but some of these animals, need to be culled out herd..

    Well said. If I could agree any more than 100% I would...

  • klcmomof2 Jan 11, 3:15 p.m.

    He should face the death penalty

  • sfate61 Jan 11, 3:07 p.m.

    Both deserve the death penalty.

  • mac240 Jan 11, 3:02 p.m.

    Why is that criminals are all macho when comes to taking an innocent persons life, but when the tables are turned they cry like a little baby!

  • wayneboyd Jan 11, 3:01 p.m.

    Why are both of them still here????????????????

  • chrisnrali Jan 11, 2:51 p.m.

    just another example where the death penalty is truly needed for both killer and miserable excuse of a mother.
    I cannot imagine the pain and furious anger the father has had to deal with.

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