Antoinette Davis pleads guilty to second-degree murder of daughter Shaniya
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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) – Antoinette Davis entered guilty pleas Friday to several charges against her in the 2009 kidnapping and murder of her daughter Shaniya.
In a deal worked out with prosecutors, she did not plead guilty to first-degree murder – as originally charged – but pleaded to second-degree murder and a host of other charges including first-degree kidnapping and felony child abuse, according to WTVD.
The news came Friday as Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons refused to suppress evidence against Davis. Her lawyers had argued she was coerced into making statements to police before her arrest.
Prosecutors say Davis gave her daughter to Mario McNeill on Nov. 10, 2009, to settle a drug debt. McNeill was convicted of Shaniya’s murder and sentenced to death in May. He also was convicted of kidnapping and sexually abusing Shaniya.
Davis’ trial had been scheduled to begin Oct. 28.
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