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Defense asks for delay in Vass murder trial

Posted January 5, 2010 8:56 a.m. EST
Updated January 5, 2010 9:28 a.m. EST

— The defense attorney for one of five men accused in the 2007 death of a 12-year-old Moore County girl on Monday asked the judge for more time to prepare for trial.

Michael Graham Currie, of Cameron, faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the Sept. 21, 2007, death of Emily Elizabeth Haddock.

Haddock was home sick when several men broke into her home on Marks Road outside Vass. Investigators said they believe the intruders intended to burglarize the house but were surprised to find the girl at home.

Currie's trial is to begin Feb. 1, unless his lawyer, Tony Buzzard, is granted the continuance he is seeking.

Currie and his co-defendants – Sherrod Nicholas Harrison, Van Roger Smith Jr. and Perry Ross Schiro, all of Cameron, and Ryan Jermar White, of Sanford – are on the trial calendar together, but Buzzard said he does not know whether Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger plans to try the men individually or as a group.

Krueger has said she plans to seek the death penalty for Currie and Harrison. Smith, Schiro and White face the same charges – murder and breaking and entering – but prosecutors said they wouldn't seek the death penalty against them.