Shaniya Davis trial postponed

Mario McNeill appears in court for a pre-trial hearing Friday January 11, 2013. (Lou Guilette)

February 7, 2013 2:06:28 PM PST
The trial for the man accused of raping and killing 5-year-old Shaniya Davis has been postponed.

A judge granted Mario McNeil's attorney's request for a continuance until April 8. McNeil was originally scheduled to go on trail Feb. 18 in Cumberland County Superior Court.

The attorney said they need more time to evaluate the evidence and get an expert witness.

Authorities said the girl's mother gave the girl to McNeil to settle a drug debt in Nov. 2009.

The trial for the girl's mother, 28-year-old Antoniette Nicole Davis, was also delayed.

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons on Wednesday granted the defendants' request for a continuance in both cases.

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