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Prosecutors: cult leader killed 4-year-old stepson because he thought he was gay

Friday, July 8, 2011

Jadon Higganbothan

The leader of a religious cult in Durham, N.C. murdered his 4-year-old step son because he thought the child might be gay, according to prosecutors in a court hearing on Friday.

The man is also accused of killing a 28-year-old woman because she could not have children and wanted to leave the cult.

Prosecutors laid out evidence they believe justifies the death penalty against Peter Lucas Moses, 27, who faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jadon Higganbothan, 4, and Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28. Defense attorneys didn’t speak in his behalf at a court hearing Friday.

Three women, including Jadon’s mother, Vania Rae Sisk, 25, — who counted themselves as Moses’ “wives or common-law wives” and called him “Lord” — are also charged in connection with the two slayings.

According to prosecutors, Moses feared that Jadon might be gay because the boy’s father had left his mother.

Moses ordered two of the women to set up computers and speakers in the garage, prosecutors said they were told by the witness. They said he started playing music with the Lord’s Prayer in Hebrew, took Jadon in the garage and shut the door, and the women then heard a gunshot.

Prosecutors said the witness told them that the women helped clean up the body of Jadon, who had been shot in the head, and put it in a suitcase in Moses’ master suite. He later told them to get the body out because it was beginning to smell, prosecutors said.

According to the court records, sometime in October 2010, Moses learned that Jadon had hit another child’s rear-end, which he interpreted to be homosexual tendencies.

Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline told the judge that Moses killed Jadon and McKoy because they didn’t fit into his religious beliefs.

“It did not include a 4-year-old who he accused of and thought was a homosexual, and it did not include a woman who could not have children and who was trying to get away from there and we believe at the time was trying to go to the police,” Cline said.

Prosecutors said the murders came to the attention of police in February when a young woman escaped from the house where she had lived with Jadon and McKoy. The woman, whose identity wasn’t released, told police that the two people had died at the house.

When questioned, Jadon’s mother denied that he ever had existed and police were only able to confirm it when they found a copy of Jadon’s birth certificate.

Prosecutors have received the judge’s permission to seek the death penalty against Moses.

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58 more reader comments:

  1. WHAT THE HELL! Rest in peace little man…

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:35pm
  2. :”(

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:36pm
  3. This is the stuff we have to wake up to and hear and its just wrong and unexceptable…that poor child

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:36pm
  4. R.I.P

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:36pm
  5. The world gets more and more f-ed up every day I swear….=(

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:37pm
  6. Wow what a fucking tool. I hope the man or woman who did this shit frys

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:38pm
  7. This guy should be in hell..

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:38pm
  8. Yes, the death penalty is justified.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:39pm
  9. D;

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:39pm
  10. we live in a sick, sad world…

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:40pm
  11. Sickening. This apocalypse needs to happen soon. This world gets uglier every day.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:40pm
  12. Someone hand that moron a rope.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:40pm
  13. See, this is what’s wrong with the world today….

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:41pm
  14. Death penalty asap!

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:42pm
  15. WTF. :(

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:42pm
  16. brb, sobbing

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:42pm
  17. WTF. The world needs to learn that its ok 2 be gay!

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:42pm
  18. That is so sad! I have a 3 year old son… If he grows up and is gay, I hope he isnt scared to tell me… I will love and support him no matter what. I cant imagine anyone having so much hate in their heart, that they kill someone for being gay. I know it happens a lot, but its still unbelievable to me. :(

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:42pm
  19. Apalling. The word “gay” to this boy shouldn’t apply at age 4 for god’s sake.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:42pm
  20. So what if he was gay, he’s still a human bein.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:44pm
  21. Where the fucc was the mom so can we kill him for being a dumb ass he doesn’t know who that child would of been when he grew up

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:45pm
  22. The word “gay” isn’t a vulgar word and It doesn’t have a age limit. People who even think that is appalling all on their own.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:47pm
  23. OMG!!! WTH??? You cant rehabilitate that jackass. I’ll make a deal with NC: Give that POS the death penalty and I’ll put my Medic license on the line and come up there, start the IV, and bolus the death cocktail myself. We’ve kind of got it down to a fine art in Texas.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:48pm
  24. wtfffff!!! are u serious?!? wowwww this is freaking wow. how the hell would the man even know if the child was gay or not? like did the kid play with barbies or something? because that doesnt mean crap! im extremly aggervated/apalled right now wow! ppl really have this much hate in them? wtf! idgaf if the dude is a cult leader or not, killing a freaking child is never justified and if the kid was gay, so fucking what! not everyones gonna be straight and imagine how boring the world would be if everyone was straight/the same. wow this is a damn shame. wow

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:49pm
  25. Two people were murdered. The allegedly gay boy and a sterile woman. Please don’t disregard the second life that was lost at the hands of this cult. I understand that this is a gay rights page, but all people are equal, are they not?

    Two people died because of these murderers. Please don’t ignore one of them just because homophobia wasn’t involved.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 2:50pm
  26. Rest in peace little man /=

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 8:17pm
  27. Fuck living in NC

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:37pm
  28. >:O

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:39pm
  29. This is beyond sick…=(

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:39pm
  30. How do you think a 4 yr old is gay? If Theyre flamboyant in any way… ITS CAUSE THEYRE FUCKING 4 YEARS OLD!!!!

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:41pm
  31. WHAT!!!!????

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:42pm
  32. Omg! The world we live in is so sickening anymore!!

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:42pm
  33. Seriously, it’s not the gays that have a problem in this country. It’s the people against them.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:43pm
  34. I’m just curious to know what the hell constitutes “homosexual tendancies” in a TODDLER. :-( This made me really really sad. Poor kid probably didn’t even know the meaning of the word he was being killed for. This shit needs to stop!

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:43pm
  35. This is disgusting. I am sick to my stomach!

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:44pm
  36. I’m cryin so much. This… Is so ugh! What people don’t realize is he was so little. He never got a chance to live. It’s so heart breaking. Why kill anyone let alone a child?! I don’t believe in revenge but why would he? :”’{ his life didn’t even start. I hope god judges that mother fucker and gets what he deserves. Poor little man. Rest in Peace <3

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:45pm
  37. That man, Peter Lucas Moses, he cannot possibly be in his right mind. That is a foul, disgusting act of evil. Oh, Jadon, I’m so so sorry.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:48pm
  38. this is why FB needs a dislike button

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:49pm
  39. The world is going MAD! This is beyond disgusting! So sad about that beautiful little boy!

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:51pm
  40. It’s stories like these that make your heart sink to the floor. That little boy was only 4 years old, what could he have done to promote gay behavior to his step-father?

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:52pm
  41. What’s even more maddening is the fact that the mother is linked to his murder. THAT is even worse, if you ask me.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 9:59pm
  42. The man should be tried, convicted & sentenced to death.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:02pm
  43. I saw that and just went “W-o-w.” This is a man who is seriously sick and messed up. He deserves the death penalty, for killing an innocent little boy. Anyone who murders a child is the lowest of the low in society, and his reasoning is even worse. I really hope he gets what he deserves, and then some.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:02pm
  44. Things like this make me sick to my stomach…

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:08pm
  45. Gay or not this should not have happen to this little boy….The only person who should be shot in the head is Peter Lucas Moses….There is nothing in this world that my son could do that would make me hurt him.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:13pm
  46. Omw! Wtf!…the poor kid! He doesn’t even knw wat gay is!…shame !!…this world is being turned into a world of hate nd crime…sis!

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:16pm
  47. I’m speechless.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:18pm
  48. SICK BASTARD.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:23pm
  49. I can’t support the death penalty under any circumstances, but if someone should remove his gonads with a dull, rusty spoon, I wonder how he’d fit into his cult without nutz.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:37pm
  50. Umm ~walk away~ sad

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:53pm
  51. Peter Lucas Moses obviously has mental issues or else he was just looking for an excuse to get rid of this beautiful boy who was not his.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:59pm
  52. My god…

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 11:46pm
  53. This is the first thing I saw when I woke up this morning. For starters that child deserved a life and it was taken away simply because of a human animal who believes he is a lord. Then to kill a young women because she wants to leave..smh in anger!! This angers me very much. I hope this man and the other accomplises die not a quick death neither..needless to say I wish I was a co in the prison he is in because I would make sure he gets what he deserves DEATH!!!! RIP TO BOTH THE VICTIMS!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 6:19am
  54. i cannot believe this sh*t he shot her son and she pretended that the baby didn’t exist. She deserves the same fate as her son, taken to a garage and shot in the head and so does the murderer. Honestly i believe any one that kills a child deserves to die in the same manner that the child was killed

    Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 5:35pm
  55. Well this monster doesn’t fit into my religious beliefs, either. Someone take him into the garage for me.
    No way at 4 could he be gay. Just a baby, for Pete’s sake.
    I know it’s not right to wish death on anyone, but if anyone deserves it, this man tops the list. At least the baby is at peace now and away from the terrible life it seems his demented mother would have provided.

    Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 7:54pm
  56. It’s for people like this Moses character, that we should repeal the torture laws. The whole humane death penalty and jail time doesn’t scare anyone from a life of crime. A week long stint in a torture chamber on the other hand may scare some people out of a life of crime….

    Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 11:52pm
  57. I guess this “lord” skipped over the entire section of his holy book saying: “thou shall not kill.” We are living in the year 2011 and this monster does not know that we are filled with women who cannot have children due to many different reasons?

    As for the the 4yr. old-RIP little dude. Your step-dad is a sick, sick, sick man and hopefully will be removed from this life ASAP, so he won’t hurt another soul again.

    Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 11:10am
  58. Religion… pah!!

    Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 2:51pm