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Prosecutor: NCCU student killed in jealous rage

Posted December 5, 2008

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— A man's jealousy over a romantic relationship between his roommate and a North Carolina Central University student prompted him to kill the student last January, a prosecutor said Friday.

During a bond hearing for Robert Lee Adams Reaves, prosecutors said Reaves wanted to have a homosexual relationship with his roommate, Steven L. Randolph, and went into a rage when Randolph rebuffed him.

Reaves then followed Latrese Matral Curtis, who was having an affair with Randolph, after she left his apartment and killed her, prosecutors said.

"This defendant was trying get Mr. Randolph to engage in homosexual activity," Assistant Wake County District Attorney Howard Cummings said. "The deceased in this case became sort of an obstacle for the defendant's desires to be with Mr. Randolph."

Drivers found Curtis' body along Interstate 540 near Louisburg Road in northeast Raleigh about an hour before her husband, Darin Curtis, reported her missing on the morning of Jan. 30.

Latrese Curtis, 21, had been stabbed nearly 40 times in the head, neck, chest and stomach, according to an autopsy. The autopsy report said her jeans were unbuttoned and the fly was unzipped, and medical examiners found a condom.

An administration and management major at N.C. Central, she was last seen leaving a class on Jan. 29. According to her husband in a 911 call, she called him about 10 p.m. that night to tell him she was on her way home.

A North Carolina state trooper found Reaves' 2004 Chrysler Pacifica parked on the side of I-540 early on Jan. 30, about six hours before drivers spotted her body along the highway, according to a search warrant. No one was in the vehicle, but the trooper spotted a woman's sweater inside, according to the warrant.

Reaves, 43, of 19 Birchcrest Court in Durham, is charged with first-degree murder in the case. A judge on Friday set his bond at $2 million.

Reaves was a minister at Cedar International Fellowship in Durham. He was a pastor for more than 20 years and previously faced criminal sexual charges in South Carolina and New York.

He says he was at a church function the night Latrese Curtis was killed, but Cummings said police can prove he wasn't there.

"Even with all the evidence you heard about there ... it's certainly circumstantial," defense attorney George Kelly said. "You don't have direct evidence of the defendant's guilt. He has maintained his innocence."

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  • What_I_Think Dec 5, 2008

    Why is the roommate's picture on the story? Shouldn't that be left for victims and those accused of the crime?

  • elizabethtec Dec 5, 2008

    Sad story..Although she was so wrong in having an affair, let's not rush to judge her as we do not know the things that may have been going on in her marriage. Also, she was ONLY 21! I don't know why people marry that young since many of them don't even know the definition of marriage.
    The roomate story also does not add up for me. I think that the preacher and the roomate were already in a homosexual relationship when Latrese came in the picture. So maybe the roomate was trying to break things off with the preacher and the preacher did not want to end it, so he killed her. It just seems strange for someone to kill someone just because she is an obstacle to the person he is merely fantasizing about. Just my 2 cents...
    The deceased, being so young, could not have known of the consequences of her actions or of associating with the wrong crowd. Most teenagers (and twenty somethings) feel invincible at that age, so I completely understand her lack of fear.

  • southern wisdom Dec 5, 2008

    By definition this is a hate crime. A homosexual killing the married girlfriend of his hopeful future lover.

  • Justabum Dec 5, 2008

    So this all happened because a minister (with a history of sexual offenses) wanted to have a homosexual relationship with a man who wasn't interested in the homosexual relationship because he was already involved in a heterosexual relationship with a woman who was married to someone else and the minister is charged with killing the woman in hopes of clearing the path for the object of his intentions to do a one eighty and suddenly prefer to have homosexual relations with an aging minister rather than continuing the affair with the married woman - who is now dead. Is that about it?

  • domotamasi Dec 5, 2008

    ..........just take a moment and read the autopsy.

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Dec 5, 2008

    So he felt, that killing his "rival" would make the roommate so distraught, that he would turn to sleeping with him? It doesnt make sense to me. You do things in a jealous rage if you have/had some emotional ties with a person. Not just because you want something you cant have. Most people just move on.

  • WRAL is joe_dirt Dec 5, 2008

    Wow! I thought my family was dysfunctional. Seeems there are more families out there just like everyone elses (and mine).

  • findoutthefacts Dec 5, 2008

    Sleepy....I'm with you on this one....you are correct.

    There's nothing wrong with asking the question..."What if she were not involved with this man"

    I, too, am not saying she deserved to die. I am saying that what your mother always told you "watch who you associate with" is correct.

    And to hereandnow99....this man was not a Christian. You can see that he had so many past run-ins and problems, he was using religion as a front to make him not feel as guilty and to fool others.

  • grayboomerang Dec 5, 2008

    Sleepy....I agree wtih you. I think what happened to her was horrendous, and it's a shame.

    And to the poster, Uthink.....I'm married and have been for 8 years and I can tell you..honestly, I have NEVER considered having an affair..not even for a "nano" second.

  • iron fist Dec 5, 2008

    sleepy you didn't say she deserved it but you seem to blame her, it was not her fault that a jealous man killed her.

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