UPDATE: Trial date set for November in murder of 3-year-old Mariah Woods

Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 8:43 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 20, 2021 at 2:52 PM EDT
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ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A trial date has been set for the man accused of killing a 3-year-old Onslow County toddler.

Judge Charles Henry granted District Attorney Ernie Lee’s request for a November 8th trial date for Earl Kimrey.

Kimrey is accused of killing 3-year-old Mariah Woods in 2017.

Kimrey’s defense attorney, Wally Paramore, requested a 2022 trial date.

Paramore raised concerns about witnesses being available close to the holidays.

Lee expects that the defense will attempt to continue the case and that the trial could still be pushed to 2022.


The man accused of killing an Onslow County 3-year-old in 2017 will be in court Tuesday afternoon.

Onslow County District Attorney Ernie Lee says that a trial date will be set for Earl Kimey this afternoon around 2:00.

Kimrey is accused in the death of Mariah Woods, who disappeared from her Onslow County home in 2017 and was later found dead in a creek in Pender County.

An autopsy revealed Woods died from chloroform toxicity.

Kimrey was the live-in boyfriend of the toddler’s mother at the time.

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