FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A judge says the trial of a man charged in the death of a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl will begin next week as scheduled.
WTVD in Durham reported (http://bit.ly/103Qxaw) that Mario McNeill and his attorneys were in a Cumberland County courtroom Tuesday, seeking another continuance.
McNeill's trial is set to start on Monday. He's accused of raping and killing Shaniya Davis in 2009. His trial was originally scheduled to start in February.
Shaniya's body was found in Harnett County on Nov. 16, 2009, six days after she was reported missing. Her mother also is charged in the case. Prosecutors say she sold Shaniya to pay off a drug debt.
In letters to The Fayetteville Observer, McNeill said he didn't kill Shaniya. An attorney for Davis didn't immediately return a call Tuesday.
Information from: WTVD-TV, http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/
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