Mother’s boyfriend pleads not guilty to charges in Mariah Woods case

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A hearing was held Monday in the case against the man charged in the murder of 3-year-old Mariah Woods.

On Monday, Earl Kimrey pleaded not guilty to all charges filed against him including first degree murder and felonious child abuse.

Kimrey, the boyfriend of Mariah Woods’ mother, is facing a first-degree murder charge, and District Attorney Ernie Lee said the state will seek the death penalty if Kimrey in convicted.

Search warrants in the Mariah Woods case were released Friday afternoon, along with 911 call Earl Kimrey made to report Mariah was missing.

Earl Kimrey called 911 just after 6 a.m. November 27, saying Mariah Woods was last seen between 8 and 8:30 p.m. November 26 in her bed.

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Search warrants in the Mariah Woods case were released Friday afternoon, along with 911 call Earl Kimrey made to report Mariah was missing.

Kimrey, the boyfriend of Mariah Woods’ mother, is facing a first-degree murder charge, and District Attorney Ernie Lee said the state will seek the death penalty if Kimrey in convicted.

The warrants shed new light on the investigation.

Witnesses told investigators they saw Kimrey place an object “bigger than a book bag” into a 1996 Blue Plymouth van and leave the residence on Dawson Cabin Road around 11:30 p.m. November 26.

Earl Kimrey called 911 just after 6 a.m. November 27, saying Mariah Woods was last seen between 8 and 8:30 p.m. November 26 in her bed.

That day, November 27, investigators searched the home on Dawson Cabin Road.

A number of items were seized from the home during the search including: a child’s doll, pink children’s pajamas, a pink blanket, a syringe, four bottles of bleach, a black bag with duct tape and a section of wall from a bedroom.

Then, on November 28, they searched the van, which is registered to Kirsty Woods, Mariah Woods’ mother.

In the van investigators found a pink jacket, a medical child’s boot and a number of other items.

Below is a full list of items taken from the van:

The warrants also shed light on why information slow to come out involving the case after the discovery of Woods’ body.

The lead investigator submitted an affidavit saying the full release of the autopsy results too soon could “severely damage my ability to conduct further interviews, and/or collect additional evidence in this case.”

Kimrey, whose full name is Adolphus Earl Kimrey II, also faces charges of felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, felony common law obstruction of justice, felony concealment of death, second degree burglary, felony larceny, and felony possession of stolen property.

Kimrey, was initially charged on December 2 with obstruction of justice, concealing an unattended death, possession of stolen goods, second-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering.

Kimrey has been in custody in the Onslow County Detention Center with no bond.

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