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Third Teen Won't Face Death in Girl's Slaying

Posted February 20, 2008 4:35 p.m. EST

— A third of five teens charged in the September shooting death of a 12-year-old Moore County girl won't face the death penalty if convicted, authorities said.

Emily Elizabeth Haddock was at home sick on Sept. 21 when someone broke into her Marks Road home outside Vass and shot her several times with a .22-caliber handgun, authorities said. Investigators said they believe the intruders intended to burglarize the house, but were surprised to find the girl at home.

Sherrod Nicholas Harrison, 20, Michael Graham Currie, 18, Van Roger Smith Jr., 16, and Perry Ross Schiro, 19, all of Cameron, and Ryan Jermar White, 18, of Sanford, have been indicted on charges of murder and breaking and entering in the case.

Moore County prosecutors said they don't plan to pursue a capital case against Schiro in the case. They earlier said they wouldn't seek the death penalty against White and couldn't seek it against Smith because of his age.

Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty against Harrison and Currie.