New bond set for pregnant mom in cult slaying case

News Observer, North Carolina/August 2, 2011

Durham -- Superior Court Judge Jim Hardin today set a combined bond for Vania Higganbothan Sisk of $1 million on charges of murder and accessory after the fact in a case that involves the slayings of a woman and of Sisk's 5-year-old son.

Sisk had been held in the Durham County jail without bail on the murder charge and in lieu of a $100,000 bond on a charge of accessory after the fact.

Sisk's attorney asked Hardin to consider Sisk's pregnancy, her three children's custody hearings, her employment history and her lack of a criminal record as reasons to set one combined bail amount.

Sisk, 26, is due to give birth in December.

She turned herself in to Durham police June 9 and was charged with the murder of Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28. Six other people, including Pete Lucas Moses Jr., were also charged in McKoy's murder.

McKoy's body was discovered at 2622 Ashe St. Moses' mother and father rented the white concrete block house for almost a year and moved out Feb. 19, according to property owner Dr. Wesley King.

The remains of Jadon Higganbothan, Sisk's 5-year-old son, were also found at the house. Moses was the father of Sisk's other three children but was not Jadon's biological father.

Sisk had told investigators that she had left her son with an acquaintance in Durham on Feb. 20.

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