FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A Superior Court judge says jurors can be told that attorneys for a man who’s charged with killing a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl told police where to find to her body.
But Judge Jim Ammons ruled April 29 that they can’t say the information came directly from Mario McNeill. The 32-year-old McNeill is charged with raping and killing 5-year-old Shaniya Davis in November 2009.
Shaniya’s body was found in a kudzu patch near the Lee-Harnett county line. She was found six days after her mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, reported her missing.
Investigators say Davis sold her daughter to McNeill to pay off a drug debt. She’ll be tried after McNeill’s trial ends.
Last week, Ammons ruled that McNeill is competent to stand trial.