View Full Version : GUILTY NC - Taraha Nicholson, 29, Rocky Mount, 1 March 2009

09-26-2011, 08:35 PM
WINDSOR – Twelve jurors and two alternates from Bertie County were selected Monday to serve on the jury in the first-degree murder trial of Antwan Pittman.

Pittman, 33, has been charged in the death of Taraha Shenice Nicholson, who was found strangled to death on March 7, 2009, in the woods along Marriott Farm Road. The mother of two had been missing for three weeks when her body was found.

Nicholson’s death has been tied to at least 10 others whose bodies have been found in rural Edgecombe County in the past several years, generating publicity about the case and causing the trial to be moved to the small N.C. Superior Courtroom in Windsor.

joe jones
09-27-2011, 05:31 PM

defedant says he will testify

09-27-2011, 11:55 PM
Graham also called SBI Agent Elliott Smith to the stand who testified he and a female SBI agent interviewed Pittman at Perdue Agribusiness in Bertie County, where Pittman worked in 2008 and 2009.

Smith testified Pittman was asked, as a convicted sex offender, to complete a survey about his sexual habits with questions ranging from partner preferences to whether he had ever had sex with a prostitute. According to the survey, which was submitted into evidence by the state, Pittman said he had never had sex with a prostitute and denied recognizing or ever having sex with Nicholson.

Pittman, 33, also reportedly refused to submit a voluntary DNA sample during the interview, Smith testified.



I guess the Defense strategy will be that Pittman dated Nicholson so there is nothing wrong with his DNA being found on her. I have to wonder if that is even true?

joe jones
09-28-2011, 09:42 AM

other murders he may be linked to

09-28-2011, 01:07 PM
DNA Analyst Sharon Hinton, a State witness, testifed that the DNA "can be no one other than" Antwan Pittmans, or a twin brother.

“The picture entitled Taraha Nicolson that was pulled from the internet and located in the temporay internet files location was created on August 10th, 2009," said Mark Schlitter, SBI Digital Evidence Analyst.



I keep waiting to see if the Prosecutor is going to establish that Nicolson did not know Pittman. Defense is objecting to online visits to rape websites and videos.

joe jones
09-28-2011, 07:44 PM

defendant testifies he met the victim had sex and he dropped her off, and denies killing her

joe jones
09-29-2011, 02:31 PM
was a very fast trial, i think the jury now has the case

09-29-2011, 02:51 PM
Pittman found guilty in missing Rocky Mount woman's death


After less than an hour of deliberation, a jury on Thursday found an Edgecombe County man guilty of first-degree murder in the strangling death of a missing Rocky Mount woman more than two years ago.

Antwan Maurice Pittman, 33, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

09-29-2011, 04:33 PM
Antwan Maurice Pittman, 33, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

"I did not kill that woman," Pittman, sobbing, yelled during his sentencing.