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Grand jury indicts man for woman's murder
NEWTON COUNTY - by Steve W Stewart/KJAS & Rayburn Broadcasting Company
The Newton County Grand Jury has handed up two indictments against an Orange County man accused of murdering a Louisiana woman and then dumping her body in south Newton County.
According to Newton County District Attorney Robert Choate, grand jurors have indicted 26-year-old Joshua Latham, of Orange, on two criminal counts, including a 1st degree felony charge of murder, and a 2nd degree felony charge of tampering with evidence, in the February 9th disappearance and murder of Tammy Higginbotham, 41, of Vinton, Louisiana.
Investigators say Higginbotham traveled to Orange to meet Latham about purchasing a cell phone. However, she disappeared and her body was found about a week later in a hunting club off of Highway 62 in a rural area of Newton County.
An autopsy later revealed that Higginbotham was strangled.
Investigators from the Orange Police Department began searching for Latham and described him as a person of interest in Higginbotham's disappearance. Latham was arrested a few days later in Tennessee on unrelated charges.
Latham is currently in the Orange County Jail on local charges there. He has been incarcerated since his arrest in Tennessee.
An indictment by the grand jury does not mean that the person named in the indictment is guilty of a crime. It simply indicates that grand jurors feel that enough evidence exists to merit a trial.