Jurors see video of 5-year-old’s body recovered

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Submitted: Tue, 05/07/2013 - 7:09pm
Updated: Tue, 05/07/2013 - 7:11pm

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — Jurors in the trial of a man accused in the death of a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl have viewed a video showing investigators recovering the girl’s body.

Prosecutors allege Mario McNeill took Shaniya Davis from her home on Nov. 10, 2009, to rape her at a motel in Sanford before killing her and dumping her body just off N.C. 87 near the Lee-Harnett County line. Searchers located the child’s remains after getting a tip on where to look from McNeill’s former attorneys.

State Bureau of Investigation agent Chad Royal testified Tuesday that Shaniya’s body was partially under a log, near bags of deer carcasses and a river, with part of her feet submerged in the water.

During cross-examination, the defense challenged whether scene was contaminated by volunteer searchers.

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