On June 11, 2012, cult leader, Peter Lucas Moses, age 28, plead guilt to first-degree murders of a four-year-old “common-law” son, Jadon Higganbothan and Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, one of his wives, after prosecutors in North Carolina dropped the death penalty.
Moses was the leader of a cult called Black Hebrew Israelites and back in 2011, he shot Higganbothan in the head for slapping another child on the behind. This behaviour Moses deemed as gay behaviour, so Moses gave the little boy the “Biblical” punishment of death for homosexuality.
“Sometime in October 2010, prosecutors told the judge, one of the women told the defendant that Jadon had hit another child’s bottom, and Moses retaliated because he thought the boy might be homosexual – partially because the child’s father had left his mother,” the News-Observer, a local Durham County paper reported, adding, “Investigators discovered the remains in June, months after their investigation began as a missing person case.”
“Homosexuality, [District Attorney] Cline contended, is frowned upon by the Black Hebrews, so the defendant asked the boy’s mother to get rid of him.
“Moses then ordered two of the other women to set up computers and speakers in the garage, prosecutors contend, then the defendant took the boy into the garage, where music and the Lord’s Prayer in Hebrew blared, and a gunshot sounded. One of the women told investigators the boy was shot in the head.
Neighbours smelled the child’s dead body and found his body in a plastic bag. They then reported what they found to authorities.
One of Moses’ four wives became an informant for the police and gave more details of the murder, but no explanation for why Moses had Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy killed.