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DA: 4 Year old boy killed for gay 'behavior,' woman for leaving group marriage

Posted by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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I am like so speechless. They are going after the death penalty for him. I hope he rots in hell with the rest of them. It's all so sad :(

A Durham man who led a religious group killed a 4-year-old boy who he feared was gay and a 28-year-old woman who couldn't have children and wanted to leave the group, prosecutors said in a court hearing Friday.

Prosecutors laid out evidence they believe justifies the death penalty against Peter Lucas Moses, 27, who faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jadon Higganbothan, 4, and Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28. Defense attorneys didn't speak in his behalf at a court hearing Friday.

Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline said that Moses lived at a 2109 Pear Tree Lane house with McKoy, Jadon, seven other children and three women charged in connection with the two slayings – Jadon's mother, Vania Rae Sisk, 25, Lavada Quinzetta Harris, 40, and Larhonda Renee Smith, 40.

The women counted themselves as Moses' "wives or common-law wives" and called him "Lord," Cline said. Moses is the father of all the children, except for Jadon.

"The arrangement was the women would periodically occupy the master suite with" Moses, Cline said, adding that she wouldn't go so far as to say the group was a cult.

Moses feared that Jadon might be gay because his father had left Sisk and he told her to "get rid" of the child, prosecutors said.

"In the religious belief of that organization, homosexuality was frowned on," Cline said.

Sometime in October 2010, Smith told Moses that Jadon had hit another child's bottom, and Moses became angry and started walking around the house with a gun that belonged to Sisk, prosecutors said.

"He starts screaming, 'I told you to get rid of him!'" and told Sisk, "'How am I going to do this?'" Cline said.

Moses ordered two women to set up computers and speakers in the garage, prosecutors said. They said he started playing music with the Lord's Prayer in Hebrew, took Jadon in the garage, shut the door, and the women then heard a gun shot.

They helped clean up the body of Jadon, who had been shot in the head, and put it in a suitcase in Moses' master suite, prosecutors said. He later told them to get the body out because it was beginning to smell, prosecutors said.

The other children, who have been placed in foster homes by Social Services, have said they feared that Moses would do to them "what he did to Jadon," Cline said. "The children are fearful of Pete Moses Jr."

Moses killed McKoy in a similar manner on Dec. 21 or 22, 2010, prosecutors said.

They said that Moses encouraged McKoy, who he had known earlier, to join him and that after she left, her family didn't hear from her again.

McKoy found that she couldn't have children and wrote dairy entries begging "Lord" not to kill her, prosecutors said.

On the day she died, prosecutors said, McKoy ran to a neighbor's house and asked to use a cell phone to call her mother in Washington, D.C. The neighbor said she didn't call police because she thought that it was a group home and that McKoy might be mentally disturbed.

Prosecutors said the other women came out of the house, and Moses struggled with McKoy and dragged her back inside.

Moses beat her throughout most of the day, with the women joining in at least once, and tried to strangle her with an extension cord, prosecutors said.

McKoy begged for her life, but Sisk got the gun he used to kill Jadon and took it to the bathroom, prosecutors said. The women told Moses "you cannot let her go" and said they feared him going to jail, Cline said.

They turned on the same music in the bathroom and took McKoy in there, prosecutors said. Sisk shot McKoy several times, killing her, they said.

The group threw a party a few days later, prosecutors said, and Moses showed McKoy's body to several relatives, including his mother Sheilda Evelyn Harris, 56, his brother P. Leonard Moses, 21, and his sister, Sheila Falisha Moses.

McKoy's body was also kept in the house for some time, taped up inside black garbage bags placed in garbage bin, prosecutors said.

Later, Jadon and McKoy's bodies were buried in the backyard of a house at 2622 Ashe St., where Moses' mother lived until early this year, prosecutors said. Plumbers led police to discover the remains in June.

Prosecutors said that police found .22-caliber shell casings and a projectile and blood in the garage and master bathroom of the Pear Tree Lane home. They also found a .22-caliber gun on the roof of a Colorado townhouse, where the group moved in February, prosecutors said.

Sisk, Lavada Harris and Smith face first-degree murder charges in McKoy's death and as accessories in Jadon's death.

Sheilda Harris, P. Leonard Moses and Sheila Moses are also charged as accessories in McKoy's death.

Sheila Moses and Sheilda Harris were granted a $500,000 secured bond at Friday's court hearing.

Defense attorney Mani Dexter said that prosecutor's case against Sheila Moses is based on person's word and that she's trying to get custody of her children back from Social Services.

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by *Shanny's Stalker* on Jul. 8, 2011 at 12:52 PM

I don't even know what to say.

by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Me neither. It's crazy that somebody could do something like this.

Quoting carterscutie85:

I don't even know what to say.

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