Antoinette Davis, Mother of Shaniya, and Mario McNeill Indicted for First Degree Murder

I saw all the traffic regarding Shaniya’s death, and saw that this news is a day old. Sort of hidden from view with all the excitement and outrage regarding Caylee Anthony‘s mom getting off, but it is true. Antoinette Davis, as well as Mario Andrette McNeill, have been indicted for first-degree murder in the case of Shaniya Davis. Finally.

Unfortunately, no trial date has been set as yet.  From the Fayetteville Observer:

The mother of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis was indicted Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder, rape of a child and human trafficking.

A Cumberland County grand jury also indicted Antoinette Davis, 27, on charges of taking indecent liberties with a child, committing a sexual offense, sexual servitude, and making a false police report, authorities said.

Shaniya was killed and her body was dumped along a roadside in Harnett County in 2009.

Davis had been free on bail since being charged in November 2009 with human trafficking, child abuse involving prostitution, filing a false police report and obstructing an investigation.

Davis was booked into jail Wednesday morning, said Debbie Tanna, spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

There is no bail for the murder charge, Tanna said. Bail on the other offenses was set at $1.5 million.

Indictments also were returned Wednesday against Mario Andrette McNeil, 31, who is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree murder.

“It was long overdue,” said Bradley Lockhart, Shaniya’s father. “Now, may justice be served.”

He declined to comment further, saying he was only recently briefed about the charges by District Attorney Billy West.

“It’s all kind of fresh, really,” Lockhart said.

West said, in a statement released Wednesday afternoon, that police sent their case file to his office several weeks ago.

The case was submitted to the grand jury on Tuesday, West said.

He declined further comment because the cases are pending.

Right. They turn to Bradley Lockhart to respond for Shaniya? If I were Lockhart, I’d better lawyer up, especially when I got on the witness stand. I’d sure like for the prosecuting attorneys to really throw some light on how he came to hand Shaniya over to her murderers.

At the time of her re-arrest, Antoinette Davis had been residing at 607 Mechanic Street in Fayetteville. She looks a lot different from her first mugshot. The dreadlocks are gone, and her face has filled in since her pregnancy. She’s been eating–whether or not she’s lost the baby fat– and she’s probably off drugs.  It’s too bad that she’s in better health than her daughter–and that it took Shaniya’s death to get her well.  No doubt, she will be segregated from the general population, so the opportunities will continue to be rather thin for her to get high in jail.

McNeil or McNeill is still an inmate at the North Carolina Central Prison in Raleigh. He had the nerve to ask the authorities, through his attorney(s), to let him off on bail several months back. That it would be “easier.” No way is this guy going anywhere soon.

I’d feel better if I knew when the trial would be.  I would not be surprised, though, if it took until next January for proceedings to begin.  I wonder how long it will take for Nancy Grace to pick up where she left off with Shaniya’s case–and hopefully without seeing Bradley Lockhart’s mug next to hers like last time.   Shaniya Davis is another case that caught the imagination of North Carolinians of all races and sexes all over, just as Caylee Anthony’s upset Floridians from Orlando to Jacksonville to Miami.  I think, though, that there is a distinct difference between these two cases, and that these people are not going to escape justice.

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~ by blksista on July 7, 2011.

6 Responses to “Antoinette Davis, Mother of Shaniya, and Mario McNeill Indicted for First Degree Murder”

  1. I’m so glad to see they finally indicted Antoinette Davis with first degree murder charges. Thank God. These people deserve the death penalty and they deserve to rot in hell. Their crimes were beyond horrific.

    This is some good news after having to stomach Casey Anthony’s ridiculous trial.

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  2. I guess it’s safe to say that he really didn’t know this woman he had a child with. Maybe for him, Antoinette was just another “Junkie Lot Lizard” that ended up giving him more than he bargained for. An STD would’ve been better than this HORRENDOUS fate. The one person my heart truly goes out to is Bradley Lockheart’s sister. The Real Caregiver and Parent to Shaniya. The Absolute Heartbreak this woman displayed could be felt straight through the television screen. I pray that the Lord took this beautiful innocent before her body went through any of the torture. No matter what the outcome of the trials. I am THANKFUL I won’t be in their shoes on GOD’S JUDGEMENT DAY. Shaniya is at peace, hopefully her family is feeling that.

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  3. what I meant by; ‘didn’t know the bio mom’ was that he didn’t know Antoinette Davis well enough to trust a defenseless child to her care. (I’m not saying he was a good man, but Shaniya at least SURVIVED while in his care, and looked reasonably happy, though i know you can’t tell from a few photos. A miserable child is capable of smiling for a photo.

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  4. I’d been looking for news of Antoinette Davis since she was released on bail originally and saw she was indicted a couple of weeks ago. I’m glad to see there’s movement in the case and I agree, these 2 will NOT get away with it (in part because Davis is black and not Casey-Anthony-white) Pisses me off and I’m white. I think the dad’s weird, but you have to give him some credit; Shaniya grew up (to as old as she was allowed to live by Mario McNeill and her bio mom) with her father and appeared to be in good shape and happy but when he gave her over to her bio-mom WHOM HE DIDN’T KNOW, he was taking a risk, … EVEN IF if Shaniya had survived the visit.
    With children parents have to bear in mind that little ones are helpless against adults and act accordingly. I would have arranged supervised visits first, with me present before I let my child stay with the other parent if I didn’t know them at all.

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    • Bradley Lockhart didn’t know the bio mom? That’s not quite true. He was hanging with a pretty tough, rough crowd when he met Antoinette Davis, even if Shaniya is supposed to have resulted from a one-night stand.

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  5. thanks my dear…mcm

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