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Three women pick up fresh charges in Durham cult murders

Posted August 22, 2012

— A grand jury handed down additional indictments Wednesday for three women charged in the shooting deaths of a 28-year-old woman and a 4-year-old boy in Durham that prosecutors say were orchestrated by suspected cult leader Pete Moses. 

Vania Rae Sisk, Lavada Quinzetta Harris and LaRhonda Renee Smith now face first-degree kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder charges in the 2010 slayings.

Prosecutors say the three women beat Antoinetta McKoy in a bathroom of a home on Pear Tree Lane while religious music played before Sisk shot and killed her. Moses wanted McKoy killed when he learned she couldn't have children and wanted to leave the group.

The women each face one count of first-degree murder in that case.

They also face accessory after the fact to first-degree murder charges in the death of Sisk's son, Jadon Higganbothan. Prosecutors say Moses killed the boy because he showed signs of being gay.

Moses pleaded guilty to both murders in June. Prosecutors say he led a religious sect called the Black Hebrews and that Sisk, Harris and Smith were members.

Family members deny those claims.


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  • NiceNSmooth Aug 23, 2012

    so that's also a hate crime then right? targeted and killed the little boy for possibly being gay

    Well I do have to agree with you on this point... it should be a hate crime

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Aug 23, 2012

    Two lost their life. All involved should really get life in prison and no parole ever.

  • sjb2k1 Aug 23, 2012

    so that's also a hate crime then right? targeted and killed the little boy for possibly being gay

  • katgotyertongue Aug 23, 2012

    They killed the four year old for maybe being gay???? And this is suppsoed to be a cult for God???

  • AX MAN Aug 23, 2012

    A cult in Durham......no way

  • airbornemonty Aug 23, 2012

    As weak as the North Carolina laws are, we will be suporting them for a long, long time.

    I am also surprised that the word, first-degree murder charge is mentioned, I was beginning to think that the charge might have been removed from the state's books since it is seldom used.

  • foghat001 Aug 23, 2012

    The more charges the DA can pile on, the better. None of these people should ever see daylight again!

  • wolfpack32 Aug 23, 2012

    "How exactly does a FOUR YEAR OLD show signs "of being gay"?"

    Some family friends of ours has a child (now grown and married to a man) that showed signs very early on as a kid. Sometimes you can just tell. Not that it is a bad thing.

  • canucmypointofview Aug 23, 2012

    How exactly does a FOUR YEAR OLD show signs "of being gay"?

  • dontstopnow Aug 23, 2012

    I hope they get the death penalty! These are the sickest people I have ever read about to kill two innocent people in the name of WHAT???? sad sad sad, and they don't deserve to continue to live either.