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Woman charged in double homicide faces embezzlement charges

Posted August 27, 2010 1:59 p.m. EDT

— A woman who authorities say helped her boyfriend get rid of evidence in a double homicide has been charged with stealing from her late mother's estate, police said Friday.

Valerie Mayo McGee, 33, was charged with 37 counts of embezzlement. Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Jeff Hinton said the charges are related to the theft of more than $300,000 from her mother's estate.

In May, McGee was charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder in the deaths of a mother and daughter.

Maxine McCrary, 92, and Nancy Burgess, 65, were stabbed to death on May 7 in McCrary's home in Roanoke Rapids.

Tony Maurice Gorham, 28, of 325 U.S. Highway 158, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon in the slayings.

Gorham, who was McCrary's neighbor, told investigators that he robbed the women of $200 and then stabbed them with a kitchen knife, according to court documents.

Burgess lived in Durham, where she worked as the budget secretary for Carrington Middle School.

Investigators said McGee helped destroy and conceal evidence in the case.

She posted a $40,000 bond on the embezzlement charges and has been released from jail.

Gorham is being held in the Halifax County jail without bond. Prosecutors said they plan to seek the death penalty against him.