JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Onslow County Judge Imelda Pate is allowing another delay in the death penalty case involving the murder of Mariah Woods.

The new court date is scheduled for March 21, 2022. This is the third delay for the State vs. Adolphus Earl Kimrey. He is accused of murdering the 3-year-old.

Kimery’s attorneys Walter Paramore and Brooke Mangum say coronavirus has made it impossible to prepare for the trial date that was previously scheduled for November 8, 2021.

District Attorney Ernie Lee says he understands the concerns the defense brings up and while he wants it to be done in November, he realizes the best option is March.

9OYS Kayla Schmidt spoke to a neighbor on Dawson Cabin Road living at the same complex as Mariah Wood’s in 2017 says it is unacceptable.

“It makes me scared as a parent having two daughters you can’t really trust people with your kids and this generation was growing up in is totally different. Justice needs to happen now it’s been way too long,” Miranda Morgan stated.

Pre-trial motions must be down on or before February 14, 2022.


JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A motion will be heard Wednesday morning at 9:30 in Onslow County Superior Court to move the trial date for Earl Kimrey, the man accused of murdering Mariah Woods.

District Attorney Ernie Lee said in a memo to WNCT on Tuesday the defense counsel for Adolphus Earl Kimrey is seeking the court date be moved from Nov. 8, 2021, to March 21, 2022. The motion to continue the case was filed by attorney Walter H. Paramore III of Onslow County on July 27 and amended on July 28.

The motion will be heard and a decision will likely be made by a judge.

Kimrey is charged with the murder of Woods in 2017. Woods was reported missing on Nov. 27, 2017, by Kimrey. On Dec. 2, 2017, after an exhaustive search, her body was found stuffed in a couch cushion in Shelter Creek in Pender County.

Kimrey was charged on Dec. 2, 2017, with first-degree murder, along with other charges.

The November trial date was set by a judge back in April.