Man Arrested For One Of Rocky Mount Killings

Authorities have announced an arrest in one of the slayings of six Rocky Mount women.

The man arrested is Antwan Maurice Pittman. He was arrested for the murder of 28-year-old Taraha Shenice Nicholson.

Nicholson was reported missing February. Her body was found in March, off Marriott Road in Edgcombe County.

At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, law enforcement officials did not take questions and did not make any direct reference to the other deceased women: 31-year-old Joarniece Latonya Hargrove, 35-year-old Jackie Nikelia Thorpe, 50-year-old Ernestine Battle and 29-year-old Melody LaShae Wiggins.

Their bodies, along with a sixth body found in February still not identified, were found in the same rural area. Three other missing women with similar descriptions and backgrounds are missing.

Officials did say at the press conference the task force formed to investigate the deaths is still working. To date, the task force has put in 6,000 manhours and investigated 300 leads.

Pitman is listed on the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry website.

His address is listed as 219 Anderson Street in Rocky Mount. Pittman's reported addresses since 1997 have been in Battleboro and Rocky Mount.

His age is listed as 31.

Pittman was convicted in 1994 of indecent liberties with a minor in Edgecombe County. The victim's age was two. He was released from prison in 1997.

According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections website, Pittman was convicted of DWI in Nash County in 2006.



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Authorities in North Carolina are expected to announce a development in the slayings of six Rocky Mount women.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office said Sheriff James Knight would hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss developments in the cases but would not give details.

The sheriff's office formed a task force in June with the State Bureau of Investigation and asked the FBI to consult after a sixth body was found along rural roads outside Rocky Mount. Authorities have not confirmed the deaths are related.

The first woman was reported missing in 2005. Three other women are still missing.

Authorities say the women share similar backgrounds.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.


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  • by J Location: NC on Sep 2, 2009 at 08:22 AM
    you mean to tell me this guy only served 3 years for raping a 2 year old. what is the h*** is wrong with our system
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Sep 2, 2009 at 04:41 AM
    Sex predators or any prisoners are not being rehabilitated. So know whose around your child or children and your neighborhood to prevent crime. If you are not sure, invest in an alarm system. Yes, the system is soft on crime.
  • by Vanillawafer03 Location: Hamilton, NC on Sep 1, 2009 at 04:07 PM
    This is shocking news to my ears. I used to work with Antwan and I would have never thought he would have done anything like this and the incident with the 2yr old he ought to still be in jail for that. This goes to show and tell people you have no idea who u talk to or work with. I mean I acutally worked beside him on the line @ our job PERDUE FARMS INC. Companies need to change their policies and regulations on who they hired based upon background too, not just by work experience im talking bout my job mainly. This is a shame and disgrace before God that he would do such a thing. When i seen him he was always quite and a easy going person. Im still in shock and I can't believe he did such a thing. That goes to show you you can't judge a book by its cover.
  • by ma Location: kinston on Sep 1, 2009 at 02:08 PM
    First of all he should have still been in jail for the sexual assault on a 2 year old. The law needs to be more strict on sex offenders.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Sep 1, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    Sexual assault on a 2 year old child and pulled 3 years.the people that are responsible for his release should stand trial right beside him.that is insane.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Sep 1, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    Good news! God is FAITHFUL!
  • by glad Location: rocky mount on Sep 1, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    Go to Wral. An arrest has been made.
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