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Autopsy confirms woman was stabbed

Posted November 23, 2010 2:47 p.m. EST

— An autopsy confirms that a Durham schools worker killed while visiting her mother in Roanoke Rapids was stabbed to death.

Nancy Burgess, 65, and her mother, Maxine McCrary, 92, were found May 8 in McCrary's home at 311 U.S. Highway 158, Roanoke Rapid Police Chief Jeff Hinton said. 

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against Tony Maurice Gorham, 28, of 325 U.S. Highway 158.

Gorham told investigators that he took $200 from McCrary and stabbed the women with a kitchen knife, according to court documents.

Burgess was the budget secretary at Carrington Middle School in Durham, spokesman Michael Yarborough said. She had been with Durham Public Schools for more than 25 years. She was visiting her mother for Mother's Day.