The judge and attorneys in the Mario McNeill trial discussed jury
instructions Monday morning, including specific wording and charges.
The jury was away from court for what was being called a "charge
McNeill is accused of raping and killing 5-year-old Shaniya Davis in
November of 2009. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
Closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday, but Monday's conference is a
necessary step before the jury can deliberate.
By midday Monday, judge James Ammons Jr. had determined the evidence
presented by the prosecution means McNeill will face seven charges. They
include rape of a child, sex offense of a child, first degree kidnapping,
sexual servitude of a minor, human trafficking, indecent liberties with a child
and first degree murder.
The prosecution rested its case on Thursday, and McNeill's attorneys called
no defense witnesses.
Closing arguments will begin Tuesday and then jury should receive its
deliberations instructions on Wednesday.
Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon.More>>