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Suspect in NCCU student's slaying gets back attorneys

Posted September 21, 2009

— A judge has re-appointed lawyers for a former pastor charged in the January 2008 slaying of a North Carolina Central University student whose body was found along Interstate 540 in Raleigh.

Robert Lee Adams Reaves dismissed his court-appointed attorneys, George Kelly and Margaret Lunden, earlier this month after deciding to defend himself on a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of Latrese Matral Curtis.

Motorists driving along I-540 near Louisburg Road found her body on the morning of Jan. 30. An autopsy found she had been stabbed nearly 40 times in the head, neck, chest and stomach.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens also postponed Reaves' trial, which had been scheduled to begin Sept. 21. Jury selection is now set for Sept. 28.

Wake County prosecutors have said Reaves killed Curtis in a jealous rage over his roommate, Stephen Randolph, with whom Curtis was having an affair.

When Randolph refused to have a homosexual relationship, prosecutors say, Reaves followed Curtis from his apartment, forced her to pull over and killed her in a jealous rage.

Reaves, who at the time was a minister at Cedar International Fellowship in Durham, has said he was at a church function the night Curtis was killed. Prosecutors have said police can prove he was not there.

Reaves, who preached for more than 20 years in at least three states, has twice been charged with sexual misconduct with young boys.

He was convicted of sex charges in South Carolina in 1988, while charges filed in New York in 2002 did not result in a conviction.


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  • whocares Sep 21, 2009

    Did he start the church or was it already established? If it was already established someone should have done a background check on this guy. Some people are not the people they say they are.

  • mwerevu2002 Sep 21, 2009

    Wait a minute, am confused.Photo#3 shows her with her husband.Then she had a room mate and this guy? How many people are in this picture?

  • uncw05 Sep 21, 2009

    Seeminglyopposed- my guess is he was crazy enough to believe if she was out of the picture the roommate would change his mind.

  • Raptor06 Sep 21, 2009

    2beachy4u - I concur!
    Another failure of our criminal (in)justice system. No value is placed on victims, past, current, or future. In addition to healthcare, we probably need a Constitutional review as it applies to our court systems.

  • Seeminglyopposed Sep 21, 2009

    Why didn't he kill the roommate he was the one who would not have the affair with him, still he took the cowardly way out and killed the female. Still could not go and try and kill the other man, should not be given a second change for any one to defend him. That is what is wrong with the justice system, there is not one for the victims, where is Latrese second chance?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 21, 2009

    didisaythat, point well taken.

  • bikinibare Sep 21, 2009

    Wonder if he was listed as a sex offender with the State of NC.

  • 2beachy4u Sep 21, 2009

    He doesn't need a lawyer, he needs the death penalty!

  • didisaythat Sep 21, 2009

    Calling him a Pastor gives the MANY great Pastors a bad name. There are a few churches in the news with so-called pastors that go bad. They don't just "go bad".

    I agree, but that goes with every profession. The police officer, firefighter, doctor, teacher...etc.

  • OldBikerGuy Sep 21, 2009

    Yep. Sounds like a preacher to me.