Another crazy and sad story that we came across here at Global Grind. Peter Lucas Moses, a 27-year-old man, has been accused of killing a 4-year-old boy, Jason Higganbothan and a 28-year-old woman, Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, because he thought the two were gay. A local Raleigh, NC news source reports,
DURHAM, N.C. — Prosecutors laid out the case Friday against a Durham man charged with killing a 4-year-old boy and 28-year-old-woman, saying he led a “religious” group of women and children who called him “Lord” and feared him.
Peter Lucas Moses, 27, faces first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Jadon Higganbothan, 4, and Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28. Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty against him. Defense attorneys didn’t speak in his behalf at a court hearing Friday.
Prosecutors said Moses killed Jadon because he thought the child was gay and McKoy after he learned she couldn’t have children and wanted to leave the group.
Prosecutors said the case came to police’s attention in February when a young woman escaped from a house at 2109 Pear Tree Lane house, where she had lived with McKoy, Jadon, eight 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 woman, whose identity wasn’t released, told police that two people had died at the house, Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline said. Court records have revealed that Durham police had a confidential informant in the case.
The women counted themselves as Moses’ “wives or common-law wives,” Cline said.
“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.
Living with them, all in one were room, were Sisk’s four children and Lavada Harris’ five children, prosecutors said. Moses is the father of all the children, except for Jadon.
Witnesses told Police of child’s death:
Moses feared that Jadon might be gay because his father had left Sisk, and Moses 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 recalled the witness’ account.
Moses ordered two of the women to set up computers and speakers in the garage, prosecutors said they were told by the witness. They said he started playing music with the Lord’s Prayer in Hebrew, took Jadon in the garage and shut the door, and the women then heard a gunshot.
Prosecutors said the witness told them that the women helped clean up the body of Jadon, who had been shot in the head, and put it in a suitcase in Moses’ master suite. 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 told authorities they feared that Moses would do to them “what he did to Jadon,” Cline said. “The children are fearful of Pete Moses Jr.”