Four years ago, 5-year-old Shaniya Davis was found dead after her mother gave her to 33-year-old McNeill to settle a drug debt. McNeill sexually assaulted her and dumped her body in Lee County. Her mother is awaiting trial for the same murder charges.
McNeill has been sentenced to death by the jury. McNeill refused to speak to the Davis family in court. Fayetteville Observer reported:
Last week, the jury found McNeill guilty of first-degree murder and five other charges in Shaniya’s death. Jurors returned a not guilty verdict on a charge of child rape.
McNeill also was found guilty of first-degree kidnapping, human trafficking with a child victim, sexual servitude with a child victim, sexual offense of a child and indecent liberties with a child.
Two other charges of sexual exploitation, which McNeill has said are related to images found on his cellphone, are pending. Those are separate charges from the seven he was tried on during the trial.