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Slain Roanoke Rapids woman died of blood loss

Posted January 27, 2011

— A 92-year-old Roanoke Rapids woman found dead in her home last year died of blood loss from stab wounds to the neck, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.

Maxine McCrary suffered multiple stab wounds with a complete separation of her left external carotid artery, which would have caused a very rapid death, according to the autopsy. Other injuries were consistent with a struggle.

McCrary and her 65-year-old daughter, Nancy Burgess, were found dead May 7 in McCrary’s home at 311 U.S. Highway 158.

Police arrested her neighbor, Tony Maurice Gorham, 28, of 325 U.S. Highway 158, and charged him two counts each of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty.

According to search warrants, Gorham told investigators that he took $200 from McCrary and stabbed the women with a kitchen knife.

The autopsy report said that the police investigation indicated Burgess had been talking to her brother on the phone around 7:30 p.m. when she answered her mother’s door. She told her brother she would call him back within 10 minutes, and when she never did, he called police.


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  • hellorhighwaters Jan 27, 2011

    This story is just terrible. Two ladies who still had lots to give to the world gone. And for what...$200...!!And another young mans' soul gone to waste. I wish someone could have helped him before it had come to this. Love your neighbor...but don't be too, too trusting just because it is your neighbor. Evil is every where. And the devil is always working.
    Comfort and prayers to the brother and the ladies family.

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  • rayrayjay17 Jan 27, 2011

    2thec!! whats $$$$$ got to do with it??? I think these 2 ladies "WERE INNOCENT"!!! you don't??? I do not wish death on any "INNOCENT" person. But if convicted; an EYE for an EYE!!!
    AND GOOD BYE!!!! chances are though; he or she will serve a couple of years and be out again; thanks to our LIBERAL COURT SYSTEM!! oh wait; we don't really have a COURT SYSTEM do we??

  • mshood7 Jan 27, 2011

    In a court of law, if the crimnal is convicted and handed down a sentence, then let him serve out that sentence. Too many are repeat criminals are back out on the streets and preying on the innocent. Simply because some sympathizer on the parole board thinks he has been rehab'ed. Let me tell you where I worked, very few ever were rehab'd and if so it was because they were under the GUN! DEATH PENALTY TO CONVICTED MURDERERS AND COP KILLERS! LET JUSTICE BE SERVED ANYTHING LESS IS UNACCEPTABLE!

  • mshood7 Jan 27, 2011

    This henious crime is justifiable only by putting this piece of shat to death! Why, because he showed no mercy when he commited this grevious act of violence against the innocent. He made a CHOICE. This woman and her daughter had no choice, probably tried to defend themselves against this piece of garbage. So tell me anything less than the death penalty for cold and calculated murder is anything but! Too repeated felons know that the antiquated criminal justice system in this country nees a reality check. Criminals are taking it to our policeman as well. And tht's anothr reason whey the "death penalty" SHOULD BE INAACTED NOW! If you want civility then call or write your Reps in congress and tell they ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

  • two2294 Jan 27, 2011

    I did not see the part to the left at the top..looks like he admitted to stabbing them, then thats one less cost for the tax payers..take him straight to the electric chair...

  • two2294 Jan 27, 2011

    2thec..you would feel differently had this been your family members..there is dna now that can prove crimes so therfore I think he deserves the death penalty..and I cannot see it costing more to kill than to feed, clothe and provide medical care for this person, not to mention, paying for the electricity, water and gas that he uses, and to pay the guards that look after him, how on earth can that be cheaper...just asking..maybe if the US were like other countries when it comes to crimes that are commited, then we would not have the problem of prisons being over populated..

  • LovemyPirates Jan 27, 2011

    Like it or not, the Death Penalty costs more than life time imprisonment. And like it or not, this is the U.S. and we have a process for review of death penalty sentences, hopefully so that no one is put to death when they are innocent. Of course even this doesn't work and at least 1 innocent person in TX was been put to death.
    This man if guilty (he does get a trial) he should rot in prison.

  • lumberman Jan 27, 2011

    Well I guess wral needs to grow a pair also they pulled my comment in less than an hour

  • cariannestanley Jan 27, 2011

    There is absolutely NO sense to die over $200.00. I am sure it was some freak on drugs whose life is worthless and now even more worthless. What trash to do that to somebody that old, or anybody, for that matter. Evil abounds on this earth.......Heaven help us!