Seven charged with murder

The Herald-Sun, North Carolina/June 13, 2011

Durham - Durham police on Wednesday charged seven people with murder in the death of Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, who was reported missing in February.

Investigators found what they believe to be McKoy's body buried behind a house at 2622 Ashe Street late Wednesday morning. Officers were called to the house after workers found a suspicious package that appeared to contain remains. A medical examiner came to the scene and confirmed that the remains were human.

Two people - Pete Lucas Moses Jr., 27, and Lavada Quinzetta Harris, 40, of 2146 Charles Street - were in custody Wednesday night. Both were charged with murder in the death of McKoy.

Moses was arrested Wednesday evening at the Durham County Jail where he was already in custody on earlier charges of two counts of assault by pointing a gun, two counts of communicating threats, two counts of worthless checks, one count of discharging a firearm within the city limits, one count of assault on a female and one count of second-degree kidnapping.

Harris was arrested during a traffic stop at Fayetteville Street and N.C. 147 Wednesday evening.

Five other people have been charged with murder in McKoy's death and are not in custody at this time.

Those charged are Larhonda Renee Smith, 40, P. Leonard Moses, 21, Sheila Falisha Moses, 20, and Sheilda Evelyn Harris, 56, all of 2146 Charles Street, and Vania Rae Sisk, 25, of 715 Bernice Street.

McKoy, 28, whose last known address was 2109 Pear Tree Lane in Durham, was last seen in early December 2010. She was reported missing February 1 by relatives to the Washington, D.C., Police Department.

A second person who lived at 2109 Pear Tree Lane -5-year-old Jadon Higganbothan - remains missing.

The last confirmed sighting of Jadon occurred in October 2010 although the child's mother, Vania Sisk, told investigators she left her son with an acquaintance in Durham on Feb. 20.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the five missing murder suspects is asked to call Investigator Sole at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29350, or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrest in felony cases and callers do not have to identify themselves.

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