Judge Rules McNeill Competent For Shaniya Davis Murder Trial

A North Carolina judge declares that a man accused of raping and killing a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl is competent to stand trial in a case that could end with the death penalty.

Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons ruled Friday after hearing from four mental health authorities that the trial of 32-year-old Mario McNeill will go ahead. McNeill is accused of the 2009 death of Shaniya Davis. He mother is charged with selling the girl to pay a drug debt.

Two defense psychologists evaluated McNeill and told the judge he has a personality disorder, believes he can foresee the future, and sees visions of someone named Sophia.

But Ammons agreed with two doctors from state mental hospitals who said McNeill has the capacity to proceed with the trial.

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