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Man arrested in Maryland before bodies found in Fayetteville home

Posted November 15, 2010 9:29 a.m. EST
Updated November 15, 2010 5:04 p.m. EST

— A man suspected of killing his mother and grandmother in Fayetteville this weekend was arrested in Maryland on unrelated charges hours before the women's bodies were found, police said Monday.

Fayetteville police have charged Tarae "Ray Ray" Lamont Mosby, 29, with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of larceny of a motor vehicle.

Relatives found the bodies of Karen Mosby, 47, and Betty Pettigrew, 69, at 6443 Brookshire Road around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. They appeared to have been shot, police said, but investigators haven't determined a motive for the slayings.

Tarae Mosby's cousin called 911 to report finding the bodies. He told a dispatcher that he and his mother hadn't spoken with family members for a few days and stopped by to check on them.

"My grandmother's not waking up, and my aunt is on the floor with blood," he told the dispatcher.

Tarae Mosby recently moved to Fayetteville from the Baltimore area, but it was unclear if he was living with his mother and grandmother.

Neighbor Richard Copeland said four or five people lived in the house, and he said he never noticed any problems.

"They lived there for about six months. They just moved here from another state," Copeland said.

Mosby was arrested at about 1 a.m. Sunday in Morningside, Md., on a weapons charge, Fayetteville police spokesman Dan Grubb said. He was driving the Nissan Sentra that police said had been stolen from the home in Fayetteville.

"When he was pulled over, the officers noticed some ammunition and some weapons that he should not have been in possession of, and that's what originally landed him in jail," Grubb said. "That actually happened about eight or nine hours before we discovered the bodies here in Fayetteville."

Mosby had a high-powered rifle in the car, but police haven't said whether that was the murder weapon.

He was being held in the Prince George’s County jail under a $10,000 bond. Fayetteville police were working Monday to extradite him to North Carolina.

In October 1999, police said, Mosby was behind the wheel in a head-on collision on Country Club Drive in Fayetteville in which his sister was killed.

"How that relates to this case, I'm not sure that it even does," Grubb said.