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Autopsies: Victims in Durham sect case shot in head

Posted October 4, 2011
Updated October 18, 2011

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— A Durham boy and a woman who authorities say were killed and buried by members of a religious group had been shot in the head, according to autopsy reports released Tuesday.

The bodies of Jadon Higganbothan, 4, and Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28, were found in June buried behind a house on Ashe Street in Durham.

Jadon had been missing since last October, and McKoy was last seen in December.

McKoy was shot twice in the top of the head and once in the right arm, and Jadon was shot once in the top of the head, according to autopsy reports.

Peter Lucas Moses, 27, faces first-degree murder charges in their deaths, and prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty against him.

Authorities said Moses led a religious group of women and children who called him “Lord” and feared him. The group lived in a home at 2109 Pear Tree Lane in Durham, and searches of the home early this year turned up evidence of blood, shell casings, projectiles and signs of cleaning.

An informant told police that Moses killed Jadon last fall because he thought the child was gay and ordered that McKoy be killed after he learned she couldn't have children and wanted to leave the group.

Jadon's mother, Vania Rae Sisk, 25, and two other women who lived with Moses, Lavada Quinzetta Harris, 40, and Larhonda Renee Smith, 27, have been charged with murder in McKoy's death and as accessories in the boy's death.

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

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  • puzzled Oct 5, 2011

    I am not always for the death penalty, but in this case most definitely. (Race has nothing to do with it - some people are such racists-don't put it in everything. Look at people as people.) anyone who has enough demon in him or her to shoot a young child in the head deserves horrible punishment. Death is not the end and unless a lot of repentance occurs before death, horrible punishment will be administered.

  • Mr. D3 Oct 5, 2011

    Shooting a four year old in the head, yes that should mean the death penalty. May the young man and Ms McCoy rest in peace.
    The anti-death penalty fanatics seem to be all quiet on this so far, undoubtedly because the racial make-up of the victims and the accused doesn't meet their agenda. How sad and transparently shallow.