WJTV News Channel 12 - Trial of man accused of killing NC girl winds down

Trial of man accused of killing NC girl winds down

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

Attorneys are expected to summarize for jurors the case of a Fayetteville man on trial in the rape and murder of a 5-year-old girl in 2009.

Closing arguments in the Shaniya Davis murder case are scheduled for Tuesday in a Cumberland County courtroom. Defendant Mario McNeill could face the death penalty if convicted.

The 33-year-old decided not to testify and defense attorneys presented no evidence.

Shaniya's body was found Nov. 16, 2009, six days after her mother reported her missing.

Investigators say her mother, Antoinette Davis, gave her girl to McNeill to pay off a drug debt. Prosecutors say they'll try Davis after McNeill's trial ends.

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