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Mother of slain Durham woman calls for death penalty

Posted June 10, 2011
Updated October 18, 2011

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— The mother of a woman whose remains were found buried behind a Durham home this week said Friday that she hopes everyone involved in her daughter's death faces the death penalty.

A plumbing crew digging in the backyard of 2622 Ashe St. while searching for a possible sewage problem uncovered human remains on Wednesday. Investigators searching the site found a second set of remains"consistent with those of a small child" on Thursday, police said.

Sources told WRAL News that the first body has been positively identified as Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy and that it had been buried for more than five months.

McKoy, 28, has been missing since December. An informant told police in February that she and Jadon Higganbothan, 5, were killed inside a home at 2109 Pear Tree Lane and their bodies disposed of.

Jadon was last seen in October.

Peter Lucas Moses, 27, who has been charged in both deaths, appeared before a judge Friday for the second day in a row to face the charges. Both times, he was ordered held in the Durham County jail without bond.

Peter Lucas Moses Suspects, victims in Durham case

Six other people have been charged with murder in McKoy's death: Lavada Quinzetta Harris, 40, Larhonda Renee Smith, 27, Sheilda Evelyn Harris, 56, Sheila Falisha Moses, 20, Pete Leonard Moses, 21, all of 2146 Charles St., and Vania Rae Sisk, 25, of 715 Bernice St.

All are being held without bond in the Durham County jail.

Sisk is Jadon's mother and is believed to have been dating Peter Lucas Moses. Leonard and Sheila Moses are Peter Moses' siblings, and Sheilda Harris is his mother.

Sheilda Harris rented the Ashe Street home for about a year until February.

Police said Lavada Harris and Smith lived with the group at the Pear Tree Lane home at one point. Police repeatedly searched the house, and a search warrant states that they found a bullet, shell casing and evidence of human blood and "overt cleaning" inside.

A second search warrant stated that Peter Lucas Moses and Sisk were "directly involved" in the deaths of a woman and child.

McKoy's mother, Yvonne McKoy said she spoke with Peter Lucas Moses by phone in January when she was searching for her daughter. He told her that her daughter was fine and that he would bring her home, she said.

Moses and McKoy met when she was 14 or 15 and both lived in Washington, D.C., her mother said. Yvonne McKoy said she prevented the two from dating, noting that she had a bad feeling about Moses. Her daughter reconnected with him online last year, she said.

Yvonne McKoy, who still lives in Washington, said she can't understand how seven people are involved in her daughter's death, including other mothers.

"How can they live with themselves?" she said.

A court document has linked members of the group with the Black Hebrews, a religious sect that believes it descends directly from the ancient tribes of Israel. Members of the Moses family have denied any link to the sect, saying only that they are very religious.

Prosecutors haven't decided yet whether to seek the death penalty against any of the suspects.

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  • fayncmike Jun 10, 2011

    Well I guess the end of my comment was chopped so I'll post it again.

    I just know someone is going to ask the question, "Well what if it was one of your loved ones?" Well it was. Among others, a member of my family was killed while a customer in a store during an armed robbery. Also I'm from a part of the country where violence rules. As a matter of fact it makes the violence here look like a tea party compared to North Jersey and Brooklyn where I grew up. When my family was asked what we would like the murderer’s sentence to, be we asked that it be life without the possibility of parole. You see, we didn’t want to lower ourselves to the level of the murderers. We knew that violence begets violence. Murdering the miscreants wouldn’t bring our family member back. All it would accomplish would be to reinforce the violent bent of the killer’s family.

    I don’t expect this to have much effect on the readers here but, if nothing else I’ve made my feelings known.

  • fayncmike Jun 10, 2011

    "Many of us would like to see every state in this nation restore the death penalty so we're not shelving those who can never be rehabilitated, just to let them lose on society a few years later thanks to the short-sightedness of parole boards, judges, magistrates, etc."

    It's amazing how many people claim to abhor violence yet are so keen to sanction murder by the state. Some of those same people even claim to be Christians.

    The taking of a human life is the taking of a human life no matter who does it. How can anyone sit in a jury room and vote to kill another human being? I know I would never do so.

    I just know someone is going to ask the question, "Well what if it was one of your loved ones?" Well it was. Among others, a member of my family was killed while a customer in a store during an armed robbery. Also I'm from a part of the country where violence rules. As a matter of fact it makes the violence here look like a tea party compared to North Jersey and Brooklyn where I grew u

  • el conquistador Jun 10, 2011

    I think a speedy trial followed by a public execution or the facilitators and perpetrators will hopefully prevent things like this from happening again. But, we all know it will be a long , drawn out affair that probably ends with a plea agreement. I will personally bet that no one pulls a day over 3,650 days (10yrs) and we as taxpayers will provide food, shelter,and free medical care during their "incarceration". Unbelievable the depth some savages will stoop to .I'll bet by Monday morning of next week, the line of "talkers will be long,wide, and knee deep in the usual Bull-bleep these animals seem to be able to swim in and not tire.

  • Tax Man Jun 10, 2011

    Just execute them all - how can you do this to a kid?????

  • jsc1990 Jun 10, 2011

    Disgusting walking individuals owned by the Devil himself. I agree, they all need the Death Penalty.....How can one live, knowing they have robbed someone of their child!

  • angieamericangirl Jun 10, 2011

    Sick Sick Sick People..!!!! What is the world coming to.!!!

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jun 10, 2011

    Death penalty on the table for Peter Moses anyway IMO.

    No deals to strike because both bodies are now accounted for and an informant as witness to provide specific details.

  • kikinc Jun 10, 2011

    Vania Sisk, who was Jadon's mom, was NOT murdered as well. She was arrested for his murder. Her boyfriend, Peter Moses, is the ring leader. She is a monster.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 10, 2011

    I feel for this woman and her family.

    Many of us would like to see every state in this nation restore the death penalty so we're not shelving those who can never be rehabilitated, just to let them lose on society a few years later thanks to the short-sightedness of parole boards, judges, magistrates, etc.

    But in this case, I doubt the state will go for the death penalty, even though I strongly feel they should.

    Why?

    Because it's difficult to get 12 jurors to go for that. There's always one lily-livered "petunia" among them that just can't sentence another person to death, no matter what they've done.

  • jbarron4950 Jun 10, 2011

    The little boys mother was also murdered.

    Although, to be fair, the way this article is written with the names all listed and running into one another it takes several readings to grasp who is related to who, how and what happened.
    affirmativediversity

    The little boy's mother was not murdered. She was one of the ones arrested for the crimes.

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