8 women, 4 men seated for Mario McNeill trial

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The last of the 12 jurors have been seated in the trial of a man accused of raping and killing a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/ZyIoaG) that the jury has eight women and four men. Three or four alternate jurors need to be seated.

Earlier, eight potential jurors had been excused, including a woman who said her husband was a childhood friend of Mario McNeill, the 32-year-old accused of raping and killing Shaniya Davis in November 2009. Another potential juror was excused because he didn't tell prosecutors he was facing an assault on a female charge.

McNeill could face the death sentence if convicted of murder.

Shaniya's mother also faces charges that she sold her daughter to pay a drug debt. Antoinette Davis hasn't been tried yet.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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