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Trial in slaying of 12-year-old girl delayed

Posted January 8, 2010

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— A Superior Court judge on Thursday granted a defense request to delay the trial for one of five men accused in the 2007 death of a 12-year-old Moore County girl.

Attorney Tony Buzzard had asked for more time to prepare for the trial of his client, Michael Graham Currie, on first-degree murder charges in the Sept. 21, 2007, death of Emily Elizabeth Haddock. Currie, of Cameron, faces the death penalty if convicted.

The trial, which was set to begin Feb.1, could be postponed for up to three months.

Currie and four other men – Sherrod Nicholas Harrison, Van Roger Smith Jr. and Perry Ross Schiro, all of Cameron, and Ryan Jermar White, of Sanford – are charged with breaking into Emily's house on Marks Road outside Vass. Investigators believe they intended to burglarize the house but were surprised to find Emily, who was home sick.

Buzzard asked for the trial delay in order to get the results of DNA testing on hair samples, which are expected in 30 days, and because of ongoing health issues with an investigator.

Buzzard also requested prosecutors to provide information as required by the Racial Justice Act, which allows statistical evidence to establish racial bias as motivating prosecutors seeking or jurors rendering the death penalty.

The judge scheduled a pre-trial hearing on motions pertaining to evidence for Feb. 5.

Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger must decide whether to try the five suspects individually or as a group.

On Thursday, Harrison's lawyers asked for his client's trial to not be delayed and start as scheduled on Feb. 1. Harrison also faces the death penalty if convicted.

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  • shc0729 Jan 8, 2010

    North Carolina will never forget this horrific act of violence. These criminals do not deserve a trial. Its common knowledge that they are guilty. These thugs are most likely so dumb that it took a lawyer to let them know that there is such a thing as "racial justice act".
    The parents of these thugs are most likely sleeping better @ night because they know where these thugs are and that they cannot harm anyone else.
    Please WRAL keep following this story.

  • hralex Jan 8, 2010

    Really, do you think those punks referred to the "racial justice act" when they gunned that 12 year old down in her own homes??? The criminal justice system makes me sick!!!! Eye for an eye...black, white or polka dotted.

  • shawna Jan 8, 2010

    "Our wonderful justice system is most likely (thanks to the racial justice act) going to be set free with no punishment at all just because of his race. Thanks NC for letting our murderers go free just because of race. Thank you!"

    Amen!!

  • Just the facts mam Jan 8, 2010

    Do unto him as he did unto others.

  • kebsmom Jan 8, 2010

    This lawyer must be a slow reader or something! I say they have had enough time. His ploy is to let this horror dim in everyone's mind so when they come to trial it is easier to get them off. Just like 911 people tend to forget what happens. I know that this litte girl's family will never forget. All of these sorry things need to be tried and convicted today.

  • twc Jan 8, 2010

    Two years is not enough time to prepare? Lack of swift justice is THE root cause of failure in our justice system!

  • Oxfordgirl Jan 8, 2010

    Our wonderful justice system is most likely (thanks to the racial justice act) going to be set free with no punishment at all just because of his race. Thanks NC for letting our murderers go free just because of race. Thank you!