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Bond hearing sought for man linked to missing Durham boy, woman

Posted May 3, 2011 2:32 p.m. EDT
Updated May 3, 2011 3:00 p.m. EDT

— The attorney for a Durham man linked to the disappearances of a woman and a 5-year-old boy said Tuesday that she wants a bond hearing for him.

Jadon Higganbothan, 5, was last seen in October, and Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28, has been missing since December. Durham police said in a search warrant seeking evidence in their disappearances that Peter Lucas Moses was "directly involved" in their deaths.

Moses, 27, hasn't been charged in the case, but he was arrested last month on charges that he kidnapped a 16-year-old girl, hit her several times, pointed a semi-automatic gun at her and threatened to kill her.

"There was a rush to arrest him, a rush to indict him without having any discovery," attorney Woodrena Baker-Harrell said.

Baker-Harrell said she hopes to get a bond hearing for Moses scheduled next week, noting that he has been detained without knowing what evidence prosecutors have against him.

Warrants have also implicated Jadon's mother, Vania Sisk, and two other women, Lavada Harris and LaRhonda Smith, in McKoy's death, although none has been charged in the case.

The women and Moses lived together at 2109 Pear Tree Lane. A confidential informant told Durham police in February that both Jadon and McKoy were killed in the house and that their bodies were disposed of.

Police have searched the house repeatedly, and a search warrant states that they found a bullet, shell casing and evidence of human blood and "overt cleaning" inside.