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Suspect accused of killing woman at Fayetteville motel appears in court

Posted October 28, 2019 6:31 p.m. EDT

— The man accused of killing a woman inside a Fayetteville motel last week appeared in court Monday for a first appearance hearing.

Phillip Jerome Little, 46, didn't say much during the hearing as as District Court Judge Stephen Stokes outlined the charges that have been filed against him in the death of Meoshia Corbett.

Prosecutors said she had been stabbed to death and left to die in the Travel Inn, at 321 N. Eastern Blvd.

Her body was found after someone called police about a 2006 blue Jeep Cherokee that had been stolen from the car wash next to the motel, which is where Little worked.

Corbett's mother tightly hugged her granddaughter as she left the courtroom inside Cumberland County Detention Center without commenting on the case.

Deshana Davis, Corbett's aunt, said Little should be punished for the crime.

"If they went back 260 generations and killed his whole (family), it wouldn't be justifiable enough for what he's done and what he took away from my family," she said.

Little was taken into custody Friday in Asheboro by the State Bureau of Investigation after fleeing the murder scene in a stolen vehicle.

Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West say the slaying was brutal.

"Miss Corbett died of multiple stab wounds (and) the defendant is charged with first-degree murder," West said.

The motel's owner say Little left a note wrapped around his room key before fleeing that said "I've killed somebody… and her body is in the room."

Family members say they didn't know of the relationship between Corbett and Little, and Monday was the first time Corbett's relatives were able to see the man accused of killing someone they loved so much.

"There is nothing like losing your baby sister," Chaiquita Hamm said. "It hits differently when it's your family."

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