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Woman Connected To Durham Cult Murders, Pleads Guilty
Written by Rick Martinez   
Monday, 18 February 2013 08:07

(DURHAM)  -  A woman charged in connection with two Durham "cult" murders has pleaded guilty.\ LaRhonda Renee Smith, 28, plead guilty to second degree murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges related to 28-year-old Antoinetta McKoy and 4-year-old Jadon Higganbothan's deaths.

Smith is one of seven people connected to the "Black Hebrew Israelites" led by Peter Moses Jr. who were charged in the murders. McKoy and Higganbothan were members of the cult. Higganbothan's mother -- 25-year-old Vania Sisk -- and 40-year-old Lavada Quinzetta Harris, are also charged with murder in McKoy's death and as accessories in Higganbothan's shooting. Moses Jr.'s brother, P. Leonard Moses, is charged as an accessory in McKoy's death.

In June 2012, Moses Jr. pleaded guilty to the murders. Prosecutors said his fingerprints were found on plastic used to wrap the bodies before they were buried. The plea allowed him to avoid the death penalty.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 19:00
 
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