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Trial of man accused of killing Fayetteville girl winds down

Posted May 21, 2013

Mario Andrette McNeill sits in a Cumberland County courtroom on May 15, 2013, during his capital murder trial. He is accused of raping and killing 5-year-old Shaniya Davis in November 2009.

— Attorneys on Tuesday are expected to summarize the case of a Fayetteville man accused on raping and killing a 5-year-old girl more than three years ago. 

Mario Andrette McNeill, 32, is charged with murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of Shaniya Davis. Her body was found on Nov. 16, 2009, in a kudzu patch off N.C. Highway 87 on the Lee-Harnett county line, six days after her mother reported her missing from their Fayetteville mobile home.

If the eight-man, four-woman jury finds him guilty, they would then hear evidence before deciding whether to sentence him to life in prison without parole or death.

Prosecutors called 44 witnesses over the past three weeks before resting their case Thursday morning. McNeill did not testify and his defense attorneys presented no evidence.

Defense attorney Terry Alford asked that all charges be dismissed against McNeill for insufficient evidence, but Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons denied the motion.

Investigators say Davis' mother, Antoinette Davis, gave her girl to McNeill to pay off a drug debt. Prosecutors say they'll try Davis after McNeill's trial ends.


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  • michaelclay May 21, 2013

    Nauti-dog, thank you, I couldn't have stated that any better. I was about to comment on the same thing and then I saw yours. I am just praying for justice for the little girl.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK May 21, 2013

    @airbornemonty, It's a headline, not a title. As far as the accuracy goes, it was a girl, she was killed. It doesn't give the impression she was a grown woman at all. And it would be illegal to post it as you say since the conviction is still lingering. I agree with you that what happened to her is the worst that could happen to a child but headlines aren't supposed to contain every detail, possible scenario, etc. It's just the hook

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun May 21, 2013

    No deffence??? If he didn't kill her...I'd think he's be providing proof he was somewhere else, or tell who did do it. He is guilty and keeping quiet in hopes that someone will have a doubt. DEATH !!

  • airbornemonty May 21, 2013

    The title gives a false impression to readers that are not familiar with the case that the murdered victim was an adult woman when in reality, the victim was a 5 year old child and McNeill raped, murdered and then threw her away.

  • mewuvbb May 21, 2013

    Praying for Justice to Be Served