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Cult leader pleads guilty to murder of 4-year-old he thought was gay

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

DURHAM, N.C. — The leader of a North Carolina religious cult on Monday pleaded guilty to murdering a 28-year-old woman and a four-year-old boy who he thought was gay.

Peter Lucas Moses, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jadon Higganbothan, 4, and Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28, reported WRAL-TV.

Peter Lucas Moses (left), and Jadon Higganbothan

Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty against Moses, but they agreed to a sentence of life in prison without parole if he cooperates with investigators and testifies against other members of the sect. He will be sentenced after their trials.

The case dates to October 2010, when — according to prosecutors — Moses became concerned that Jadon had touched one of his sons inappropriately, and they said that he took Jadon to the garage and shot him.

Moses also allegedly ordered that McKoy be killed two months later when he learned she couldn’t have children and wanted to leave the group. Prosecutors said she was forced back inside the house as she tried to run away and was later killed in a bathroom.

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.

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41 more reader comments:

  1. I don’t… I don’t even have the words to describe how appalled I am…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:53am
  2. what is this? Red State?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:54am
  3. what… the fuck…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:55am
  4. sick a$$hole

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:55am
  5. A 4 year old? Can you even know if you’re gay at 4?! God… I don’t know what to say…

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:55am
  6. WTH!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:56am
  7. Say what? …

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:57am
  8. sickening

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:57am
  9. I have no words….people r sick….lets hope he is put away for life,I would life 2 see the death penalty come back but I would be happy if this guy gets life.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:57am
  10. what a pos the kid had not even bin old enought to know gay or straight ,,,,HOPE BUBBA RAPS YOUR ASS AND TURNS YOU GAY YOU POS

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:58am
  11. Disgusting. Even more disgusting, is the fact that the death penalty has been completely thrown out, as long as he cooperates with investigators. Gotta love the USA. >.<

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:58am
  12. ah..religion..the RIGHT to murder main abuse ANYONE YOU deem not follwoing YOUR ideas….totally SICK

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:59am
  13. Seriously. Do we not have one spot on this planet big enough and isolated enough to just dump all this waste of flesh to destroy one another? Just let them do what the do best but to each other rather than innocent people? It makes me ill. Such a shame.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:59am
  14. A kid don’t evan know the meaning of gay at that age :|

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:00am
  15. Sadly it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Prepare for it.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:00am
  16. Smh…rly?!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:02am
  17. okay

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:05am
  18. crazy is AND crazy does

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:05am
  19. They called the murderer “Lord.” A man who used to live where I do was given the 1st name of “Lord” by his parents. He was homophobic, too.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:06am
  20. He’s dead either way. Do y’all know what they do to guys like him in prison?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:06am
  21. What the fuck..

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:07am
  22. This is just one example of what comes from not addressing homophobia. People can scream about religious freedom all they like, but the one thing they tend to forget is that no freedom, religious or otherwise, is allowed to intrude on the rights of others!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:11am
  23. wtf

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:13am
  24. STRING HIM UP …THE SICK BASTARD

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:16am
  25. Disgusting! I want nothing to due with religion if most of them think and feel like this in some way, extreme or lightly; either way it’s hateful and a crime non-the-less. Pure Disgust.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:24am
  26. Sick fuck. I’m also guessing by the statement towards the end of the article that his mother considered herself one of his ‘wives ‘ that he was screwing his mom. Yep, and gay people are what’s wrong with society all right. *Sarcasm *

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:32am
  27. This is so fucked up

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:33am
  28. I mean, even at like 1 year old people are sexual. it’s just human nature. if the kid was doing something that resembled a homosexual act, it doesn’t make him gay! a Child that age can’t comprehend sexual preference..

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:33am
  29. He should be given the death penalty regardless of information he gives the police. the woman or child had no chance to bargain for their lives.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:34am
  30. Glad to know he’ll be somebody’s bitch in prison….

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:46am
  31. Fucking unbelievable.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:47am
  32. wtf ! really?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:51am
  33. What the hell!?!? It’s a child

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 12:00pm
  34. WTF!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 12:44pm
  35. Wtf

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 1:01pm
  36. ugh, my god.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 1:14pm
  37. A 4 year old???

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 3:21pm
  38. no words only sadness this world is so close to ending!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 9:14pm
  39. Disgusting

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 10:07pm
  40. Sick bastard!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:03pm
  41. Who does crap like this??? OMG!!! I feel so bad for the boy and his family, an what they must be going through. So sad to know that there are people like that out there.

    Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 12:53am