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Death penalty trials set in Vass girl's slaying

Posted May 18, 2009 2:33 p.m. EDT

— Capital murder trials will be held early next years for two men accused of killing a 12-year-old Moore County girl during a break-in, authorities said.

Sherrod Nicholas Harrison, 21, Michael Graham Currie, 19, both of Cameron, are charged with first-degree murder and breaking and entering in the Sept. 21, 2007, slaying of Emily Elizabeth Haddock, who was shot several times after someone broke into her Marks Road home outside Vass.

She was at home sick, and investigators said they believe the intruders intended to burglarize the house but were surprised to find the girl at home.

Van Roger Smith Jr., 17, and Perry Ross Schiro, 20, both of Cameron, and Ryan Jermar White, 19, of Sanford, also have been charged with murder and breaking and entering in the case, but prosecutors said they wouldn't seek the death penalty against them.