Second suspect in double homicide turns self in to police

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Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 12:00 am

ROANOKE RAPIDS — The woman wanted as a possible accessory to the murders of a mother and daughter in Roanoke Rapids over the weekend has been arrested by the Roanoke Rapids Police Department.

Deputy Police Chief Adam Bondarek said Valerie Mayo McGee, 33, of Garysburg, was taken into custody Tuesday morning after she turned herself into authorities.

Bondarek stated McGee was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact to first degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The warrants for McGee came from the investigation into the murders of Maxine McCrary, 92, of Roanoke Rapids, and her daughter Nancy Burgess, 65, of Durham, at McCrary’s home on Highway 158 in Roanoke Rapids Friday night.

Roanoke Rapids Police got the call around 11:13 p.m. Friday.

Hinton said McCrary was on the phone with her son, of Suffolk, Va., when she told him her neighbor was at the door, probably wanting to use the phone. After her son made several failed attempts to call his mother back, he called the Halifax Central dispatch center, according to Hinton.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the women had been killed, HInton stated.  The chief added both had been stabbed multiple times.

Burgess was in town visiting for Mother’s Day, Hinton explained.

Chief Hinton gave credit to the collective work of multiple agencies, which enabled them to process the scene, get the warrants, locate the suspect and take him into custody only hours after the murders. 

Tony Maurice Gorham, 28, of Roanoke Rapids, was arrested at an apartment on Oakridge Drive around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. He was charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of robbery. Hinton stated robbery appears to be the motive for the slayings — some personal items were taken from the victims.

Gorham is being held in the Halifax County Detention Center without bond. He is due in court Tuesday, May 11, at the Halifax District court.

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