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