Guilty Plea in Haddock Murder Case
The state accepted a plea deal late today with one of the suspects charged in the murder of a Vass girl three years ago.
Sherrod Nicholas Harrison was facing a possible death penalty in the shooting death of 12-year-old Emily Haddock. She was shot Sept. 11, 2007, during a break-in at her home. She was sick and out of school.
Harrison pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to first-degree degree murder. The deal was an Alford plea, meaning he didn’t admit actual guilt but took the agreement as being in his interest.
Harrison was sentenced to serve 93 to 121 months in prison, with credit for time served, sentence to run concurrently with his present sentence.
Michael Graham Currie also appeared in court today to plead guilty to first-degree murder. That deal fell through dramatically when Senior Resident Superior Court Judge James M. Webb asked Currie if he was personally pleading guilty.
“No,” he said, in a quiet voice. Webb asked if he was pleading guilty in his best interest.
“No,” Currie said again. His attorneys, Tony Buzzard and Tim Morris, conferred with him but Currie wouldn’t go along with the plea agreement. Webb set Currie’s capital trial for Aug. 10.
District Attorney Maureen Krueger read parts of the proffer Harrison’s lawyers (Jonathan Silverman and Kevin Foushee of Sanford) had made during negotiations. She laid out evidence to support the plea.
“Currie was the shooter,” Krueger told the court. She told how Currie had obtained a Browning .22-caliber handgun during an earlier break-in in Harnett County.
“Their method was to knock on a door and ask directions,” she said. “If no one was home, then they would kick in the door.”
They abandoned an attempt at another house when a vigilant neighbor called 911, and then went to the Haddock home where Currie encountered Emily in a hallway near a bathroom where she may have tried to hide.
“He shot her once in the mouth, and once in the top of the head,” Krueger said, as some two dozen family members listened, sitting together at one side of the courtroom.
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