New Attorney For Man Charged With Slaying 5-Year-Old Child

A judge has appointed a new attorney for the North Carolina man charged with slaying a 5-year-old girl.

Multiple media outlets report that a capital public defender was appointed Wednesday for 29-year-old Mario McNeill after his attorney withdrew from the case.

McNeill is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping in the death of Shaniya Davis.

The Fayetteville girl was reported missing by her mother on Nov. 10. Authorities say McNeill picked the girl up in front of her home and drove her more than 30 miles to a hotel in Sanford, where she was last seen alive. Surveillance video captured McNeill carrying the girl in the building.

Shaniya's mother, 25-year-old Antoinette Davis, is charged with human trafficking and child abuse involving prostitution.


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  • by Fiona Location: Jamesville on Dec 11, 2009 at 02:23 AM
    Nathan: You are exactly right, lets make sure these two evil demons have superb representation so there will never be a chance to appeal the guilty verdict they will receive. May they burn in hell.
  • by we have to waste the time on Dec 10, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    everyone is allowed a trial. everyone; its constitutional, and it would be frightening if it wasnt. that means someone might think they see you on camera committing a crime but its someone who looks like you and you wont get to defend yourself, it would be like living in North Korea or something. lawyers sometimes have to take 'pro bono' cases in which they dont get money. everyone is allowed a laywer. i bet the previous lawyer had to recuse themself because he admitted to the crime/was obviously guilty and wanted to plead otherwise. i dont want this guy, if he is guilty, to get a smidgen of a break. but i do want him to get a fair trial and justice to be served. we have to uphold justice to the same standard in every case, guilty or not, or its not 'true' justice.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 10, 2009 at 06:27 PM
    Actually, regarding lawyer vs. self-representation, we want him to have a decent lawyer. Not a good (read: corrupt) one who will cheat the system and keep criminals on the street, but a really good one who will ensure he gets a fair trial. A good, fair trial will convict both of them, and if they had good, competent lawyers, it will be harder for them to appeal. Having a lousy lawyer and representing yourself can both be grounds for appeal. The prosecution will want to nail these two the first time around.
  • by stylstmst Location: rocky mount on Dec 10, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    LET ME START BY SAYING THIS:we all need to be praying for this family...this case stills baffles me...it will be interesting to see just how much we give these 2 people in justice's name before this is all said and done...How tragic that we can't even protect our children..especially our own in this pathetic world..God judges and provides the vengeance we all want to make sure antionette and freak show both DESERVE!!! Its really in His hands now
  • by omg Location: washington on Dec 10, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    i heard he had family here...he also went to school here....
  • by Vance on Dec 10, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    To everybody above or below this post the story said A JUDGE(WHO?)has appointed a new attorney.Why waste the time?BECAUSE ITS MORE MONEY IN THERE POCKETS!Sad to use anything like this to put money in your account.PITIFUL
  • by Barbara Location: Beulaville on Dec 10, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    don't waste the time and effort. mother and guy both deserve the death penalty. Any lawyer who defends these people doesn't have a conscious or doesn't care about the child who was murdered and molested and raped. It is beyond my comprehension how any body, especially mother could cause harm to a harmless child.
  • by loving mother Location: Bertie on Dec 10, 2009 at 10:28 AM
    I don't get it her mother sold her and he was caught red handed carrying her in a motel. I don't even want to thank about what she went thru. Hang them both by their heels and let them suffer.
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on Dec 10, 2009 at 10:06 AM
    Let this thug represent himself.We all know what the outcome of this trial is going to be.There is too much evidence against him to be found not guilty.I still pray for Shaniya's family.
  • by Clarify Location: washington on Dec 10, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    Why would this guy need a public defender. It is only wasting tax payers money. Also does this guy have family in Beaufort County. Does anyone know?
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