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BREAKING NEWS: Man accused of killing 3-year-old Mariah Woods pleads NOT GUILTY to First-Degree Murder

The man accused of killing 3-year-old Mariah Woods will be prosecuted for capital murder.

Adolphus Earl Kimrey II, walked into Onslow County Superior Court Monday afternoon and sat beside his court-appointed attorney, Walter Paramore. District Attorney Earnie Lee requested the death penalty against Kimery and was granted by Onslow County Superior Court Judge, Charles H. Henry. If Kimrey is found guilty he will be the first person to face the death penalty in Onslow County since 2001.

He was initially arrested and charged with obstruction of justice, concealing a death, second-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering on December 1, 2017. Mariah Woods body was found in a creek in Pender County along Shaw Highway on December 2, 2017.

Kimrey was charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury on January 24, 2018. He was accused of “removing Mariah Woods’ body from the scene of her death” and alleged that he “did conceal Mariah Woods death and body, knowing that Mariah Woods died from unnatural causes. The defendant acted with deceit and intent to defraud.” He was alter indicted by an Onslow County Grand Jury on February 14, 2018.

Mariah Woods was reported missing on November 27, 2017 by Earl Kimrey, according to released 911 tapes. He said the last time he had seen Mariah was the night before, when everyone went to bed between 8 to 8:30 p.m.

In the 911 recording, you can hear Kimrey breathing nervously, saying that his 3-year-old is nowhere to be found. “We have looked everywhere in our house and out in our yard, and our little girl, she’s missing,” he said.Earlier, reports were made that Mariah was last seen by her mother Kristy Kay Hunter, who put her to bed around 11p.m. On November 26, 2017.

The autopsy report on Mariah Woods, determined that she died from chloroform. Witnesses say they saw Kimrey place an object “bigger than a book bag” in a van registered to Kristy Woods around 11:30 pm on November 26, 2017.

The judge set April 23rd as an administrative hearing in the case.

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