The suspect charged with murdering a seven year-old Lenoir County girl is now in state custody. Officials say 37 year-old John Manning was transferred from the Lenoir County jail to Central Prison in Raleigh for safety reasons. He's charged with first degree murder, rape, kidnapping and first degree sex offense of Chastity Sumner of Pink Hill. A court date for Manning Monday was continued until a trial date is set.
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