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Bond Hearing Delayed for Teens Charged in Girl's Slaying

Posted September 26, 2007 5:38 a.m. EDT
Updated September 26, 2007 3:53 p.m. EDT

— A bond hearing for three teens accused of killing a 12-year-old Moore County girl has been rescheduled for next month.

Sherrod Nicholas Harrison, 19, Michael Graham Currie, 18, and Van Roger Smith Jr., 16, all of Cameron, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Emily Elizabeth Haddock and breaking and entering.

Authorities said Haddock was at home sick Friday when someone broke into her Marks Road home outside Vass and shot her several times with a .22-caliber handgun. Investigators said the intruders intended to burglarize the house, but were surprised to find Haddock at home.

One of the three teens also is considered a "person of interest" in an attempted break-in the same day about a mile from the Haddock home, authorities said.

On Monday, deputies in Harnett County recovered a handgun that authorities said might have been used in the slaying. The gun was recovered from a car with stolen plates in the Carolina Hills area of the county. They said the gun had been stolen the day before Haddock was killed.

The three teens were assigned attorneys in a brief court appearance Tuesday. They remain in the Moore County Detention Center without bond, pending an Oct. 15 hearing.

Security has remained tight around the trio since their arrests Monday night. Rumors spread Tuesday of threats against them\\, but authorities declined to say whether they had evidence of a specific threat.

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