Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fourth Black Suspect Arrested In Murder Of 12-Year Old North Carolina Resident Emily Haddock

Deputies have arrested a fourth suspect in connection with the murder of a 12-year-old girl in Moore County. Full story posted on the News14.com website, supplemented by a story posted on WRAL Channel 5 in Raleigh.

On Tuesday September 25th, Harnett County Sherriff Larry Rollins announced the arrest of Perry Ross Schiro, 19, of Cameron. He is charged with burglary, larceny, and possession of stolen property. He has not yet been charged with murder, He is confined to the Harnett County Detention Center with a secured bond of $100,000. While Schiro's race was not disclosed in the original report, subsequent reports not yet posted on the website showed that Schiro (pictured below left) is black, according to a member of the Vanguard News Network Forum who posted the information.

During the investigation, a vehicle was located which was displaying a stolen license tag. During a search of the vehicle, a .22 caliber handgun that had been stolen from a residence in Harnett County on Sept. 20 was found. Moore County Sheriff's Investigators seized this weapon as the possible murder weapon. If it turns out to be the murder weapon, Schiro may also be charged with murder.

Van Roger Smith Jr., 16, Michael Currie, 18, and Sherrod Harrison, 19 (all pictured top left), all of Cameron, NC, were charged Monday with Emily Haddock's murder. They are currently held without bond in the Moore County Detention Center. At the moment, the Moore County Sheriff's Office says the motive appears to be robbery.

One of the three teens charged in the slaying also is considered a "person of interest" in an attempted break-in last Friday about a mile from the Haddock home, authorities said.

The three teens made their first court appearance Tuesday morning and were appointed attorneys. A bond hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in District Court, but authorities have declined to disclose the time of the hearing for security reasons.

Rumors of threats against the teens swirled through the Moore County Courthouse Tuesday, although authorities said they have received no specific threat.

An autopsy shows someone shot and killed Haddock in her own home Friday afternoon. Authorities say she was home sick from school when the robbers broke into her house on Marks Road in Cameron and shot and killed her.

Meanwhile, about 500 people packed the Hope Mills First Baptist Church for Emily's funeral Tuesday afternoon. "Everybody's crying. It's sad," said Rick Parker, a friend of the Haddock family. "The preacher can hardly preach. It's hard for words."

The family has set up a Guestbook that people are welcome to sign. Comments will appear after being reviewed for suitability.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Emily Elizabeth Haddock Memorial Fund, c/o New Century Bank, 700 W. Cumberland St., Dunn, NC 28334.

Out of respect for the deceased on the day of memorialization, there will be no political commentary appended to this post.

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