4 plead guilty in NC polygamist sect murders


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Four members of a polygamist cult in North Carolina have pleaded guilty in the shooting deaths of a 4-year-old boy who offended the group's leader and a woman who sought to leave.

Vania Rae Sisk and LaRhonda Renee Smith pleaded guilty this week to second-degree murder, kidnapping, and other charges in the slayings of 28-year-old Antoinetta McKoy and 4-year-old Jadon Higganbothan.

Lavada Harris and P. Leonard Moses both pleaded guilty to being accessories after the fact to murder.

Prosecutors said all were followers of Pete Moses, the charismatic leader of a group called the Black Hebrews. Adherents and their children lived together in Durham before relocating to Colorado following the murders.

Pete Moses pleaded guilty in 2012 to shooting Jadon in the head because he believed the boy was gay.

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