Some charges dismissed against alleged cult leader Peter Moses

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A judge has dismissed four charges against a suspected ‘cult‘ leader who is charged in connection with the death of a 5-year-old boy and his ex-girlfriend.

WTVD in Durham, N.C. reports that

Peter Moses Jr., 27, was indicted last month on murder charges in connection with 5-year-old Jadon Higganbothan and 28-year-old Antoinetta McKoy deaths.

Their remains were found buried plastic bags by a plumber working in the backyard of a home in the 2600 block of Ashe Street last month.

In addition to the murder charges, Moses was also facing charges that were filed in April, which included one count of second-degree kidnapping, one count of assault by pointing a gun, one count of assault on a female, one count of communicating threats and failure to appear in court.

However on Thursday, a judge dismissed those four charges.

The Herald-Sun says:

Moses is among seven members of a supposed Durham-based cult known as the “Black Hebrews” who’ve  been indicted on charges related to the deaths of Higganbothan and McKoy.

According to the Associated Press,

Moses still faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 5-year-old Jadon Higganbothan and 28-year-old Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy. Three women also are charged in connection with those deaths, including Jadon’s mother.

WRAL says that

Pete Moses has a hearing scheduled Friday at which prosecutors could decide whether to seek the death penalty against him. […]

A court document has linked members of the group with the Black Hebrews, a religious sect that believes it descends directly from the ancient tribes of Israel. Members of the Moses family have denied any link to the sect.

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This post was last updated: Jul. 7, 2011