FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. —
The man charged with kidnapping, raping and killing a 5-year-old girl will face the death penalty if he is convicted.
Mario McNeill goes to trial next month in Fayetteville, but he faced a judge for a pre-trial hearing Friday.
He is charged with killing Shaniya Davis in 2009.
Authorities said the girl's mother gave her to McNeill as a drug payment.
The judge denied a motion to strike down first-degree murder charges and another to keep the state from seeking the death penalty.
This is me, Patty, I have a question, what is the so called Mother getting? I believe she deserves something for doing such a hideous thing.