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Medical examiner: Girl was sexually assaulted

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

A medical examiner says a 5-year-old girl Fayetteville girl was sexually assaulted before she was suffocated.

Dr. Thomas Clark testified Wednesday in the death penalty trial of Mario McNeill. He is charged in the November 2009 death of Shaniya Davis.

Clark said bruising led him to conclude the child had been raped. He says there also was a bruise on the girl's check, which could have been made by a hand blocking her mouth and nose.

Authorities say the child was given to McNeill to pay off a drug debt and he took the girl to a motel in Sanford to rape her before he killed her.

McNeill's lawyer says he is innocent and took the girl to the motel to meet her relatives and didn't see her again.

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