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Rocky Mount murder suspect indicted

Posted September 8, 2009 1:04 p.m. EDT
Updated September 8, 2009 1:32 p.m. EDT

— An Edgecombe County grand jury indicted Antwan Maurice Pittman on one-count of first degree murder on Tuesday.

Pittman, 31, whose last known address was 219 Anderson St. in Rocky Mount, was charged last week  in the death of Taraha Shenice Nicholson, 29.

Nicholson was reported missing to Rocky Mount police on Feb. 22, and her remains were found March 7 on Marriott Road in a wooded area off Seven Bridges Road. An autopsy found she most likely was strangled.

Investigators have been probing the deaths of Nicholson and four other African-American women – Jarniece Latonya Hargrove, 31, Ernestine Battle, 50, Jackie Nikelia Thorpe, 35, and Melody LaShae Wiggins, 29 – who each were reported missing before their remains were found in rural Edgecombe County. A sixth set of remains, yet to be identified, was found in Rocky Mount in February.

Authorities have also been investigating the disappearance of three Rocky Mount women with similar descriptions and backgrounds.