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Death Penalty Sought in 12-Year-Old's Slaying

Posted December 19, 2007 2:50 p.m. EST

— At least one of five teens charged in the September shooting death of a 12-year-old Moore County girl could face the death penalty if convicted, authorities said Wednesday.

Emily Elizabeth Haddock was at home sick on Sept. 21 when someone broke into her Marks Road home outside Vass and shot her several times with a .22-caliber handgun, authorities said. Investigators said they believe the intruders intended to burglarize the house, but were surprised to find the girl at home.

Sherrod Nicholas Harrison, 19, Michael Graham Currie, 18, Van Roger Smith Jr., 16, and Perry Ross Schiro, 19, all of Cameron, and Ryan Jermar White, 18, of Sanford, have been indicted on charges of murder and breaking and entering in the case.

Moore County prosecutors said they plan to pursue a capital case against Currie. They were expected to decide next month whether to pursue the death penalty against Harrison, White and Schiro.

Smith will be tried as an adult in the case, but he wouldn't face the possibility of a death sentence because of his age, authorities said.