N.C. woman posts bond in case of bodies found in trunk on I-95

December 30, 2003|By Lane Harvey Brown | Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF

ELKTON - A woman charged in a murder case that began as a routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 last month has returned to North Carolina after family members posted her bond late last week, Cecil County court officials said yesterday.

Porsha L. Harper, 36, of Greensboro, N.C., was released late Friday from the Cecil County Detention Center, officials said, where she had been held since the traffic stop Nov. 5, when two bodies were found in the trunk of the car she was riding in. She is charged with first-degree murder, and her bond had been set at $250,000.

Harper returned to Greensboro by bus Saturday evening, said Judyth White, a family friend who formerly employed Harper as a certified nursing assistant to care for her mother. White said yesterday that Harper "had nothing to do with killing anybody."

White said Harper began working for her about two years ago. "She became like a member of the family," White said of Harper. "She was really so good to mother. ... She was an incredibly tender-hearted person."

White's mother died in October, she said. The last time she spoke with Harper was at the visitation before her mother's funeral.

White said she had written to Harper in jail to ask how she had met the driver of the car, James Moore, 39, of Andrews, S.C., but Harper told her she had been advised by her lawyer not to discuss those details.

Moore remains in the Cecil County Detention Center, also charged with first-degree murder and held on $500,000, according to detention center officials.

Moore and Harper were arrested during a traffic stop after a trooper noticed the blue Dodge Intrepid was riding low to the ground, and clothes were scattered inside, court records show. Harper opened the trunk for police, and two bound bodies wrapped in plastic and blankets were discovered, records show.

The victims, who were shot, were identified as Willie A. Robinson, 35, of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Alexandria A. Withers, 21, of Greensboro, N.C., according to police.

A Cecil County grand jury handed up first-degree murder indictments Dec. 8 against Moore and Harper.

The Maryland State Police investigation, which includes law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and North Carolina, is continuing, said spokesman Maj. Greg Shipley. Shipley said the agency is honoring a request from the Cecil County state's attorney's office not to discuss details of the case.

Christopher Eastridge, Cecil state's attorney could not be reached for comment.

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