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Joshua Latham. (Special to the American Press)

Joshua Latham. (Special to the American Press)

Case of man accused of killing Vinton woman to go in front of Texas grand jury

Last Modified: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 7:25 PM

By Johnathan Manning / American Press

Whether to charge Joshua Latham with the murder of a Vinton woman will be up to a Texas grand jury.

Jefferson County District Attorney Robert Choate said the case is expected to be brought before a grand jury on July 18.

Latham, of Orange, Texas, is a suspect in the April strangling death of Tami Diane Higginbotham.

Latham told authorities where to find Higginbotham’s body, which was found in a hunting area north of Mauriceville, Texas, Choate said.

Latham could be charged with tampering with evidence and non-capital murder, Choate said.

The tampering charge arises because

Latham knew where the body was and knew there was an investigation ongoing, Choate said.

Latham is currently jailed on a probation violation.

Choate said Higginbotham knew Latham.

She told her family she was going to meet him to sell him a cell phone.

Her truck was found at a fishing camp in southeast Texas.

Latham was arrested in Maryville, Tennessee, where he had gone to a relative’s house with his girlfriend and infant child.

It was there that he told authorities where to find Higginbotham’s body, Choate said.

The sell of a cell phone may have been a ruse, the district attorney said.

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