More charges in Shaniya Davis case

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

February 13, 2013 9:51:56 AM PST
Prosecutors have charged Mario McNeill with new charges in the death of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis.

McNeill appeared in a Fayetteville courtroom early Wednesday and entered not guilty pleas to charges of second-degree exploitation of a minor and third-degree exploitation of a minor. He already faces charges of first-degree murder, first-degree rape of a child, child abuse, human trafficking and sexual servitude.

McNeill is set to go on trial in April in Cumberland County Superior Court.

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

The trial for the girl's mother, Antoniette Nicole Davis, is likely to come after McNeill's trial.

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