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Trials delayed in death of girl given to man to settle debt

FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A judge has agreed to postpone the trials of a man charged with raping and killing a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl and the child’s mother, who is charged with giving up the child to pay a drug debt.

Both trials are now scheduled to begin April 8, although District Attorney Billy West said he plans to try 32-year-old Mario Andrette McNeil first.

McNeil is charged with raping and killing Shaniya Davis in 2009. The child’s mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, is charged with giving her daughter to McNeil to settle a drug debt.

McNeil pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two additional charges of sexual exploitation of a minor. He also faces charges of child rape, kidnapping, child abuse and human trafficking

A judge agreed last week to delay the cases.

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