Peter Lucas Moses lead the cult in a home on Pear Tree Lane in southeast Durham where he and his followers lived together. Authorities have stated that Moses followers, a group of women and children, called him “lord” and lived in fear of him. The sect was known as the Black Hebrews and believes it descends directly from the ancient tribes of Israel.
Moses pled guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jadon Higganbothan, 4, and Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28. It is alleged that Moses shot the four year old child in his garage after he touched one of Moses sons “inappropriately” and led Moses to believe the child was gay. Prosecutors learnt that Moses ordered McKoy be killed after it was discovered she could not have children and planned to leave the group. Prosecutors said she was forced back inside the house as she tried to run away and was later killed in a bathroom.
Moses has been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.