Ithaca, N.Y. — An Ithaca woman charged with murder in North Carolina had a court appearance on Tuesday, according to court officials in North Carolina’s Pitt County.

Nakijah Latifa Howard, 29, was charged with first-degree murder along with two men after law enforcement in North Carolina found a body on a farm.

Nakijah Howard, of Ithaca, has been charged with murder.

Howard has remained in jail since she was arrested in September 2013.

She has not yet been indicted, court officials said. Howard’s court appearance was held over administrative matters and her trial date has not been set, according to court officials.

Howard, Lester Gordan Drake, 60, and his brother, Harold James Drake were also charged with murder in connection with the death, according to The Daily Reflector.

Citing law enforcement, The Reflector reported that the victim’s body was discovered at a North Carolina farm by detectives near the Pitt County town of Grimesland.

Robbery was the suspected motive. The victim died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to local news reports.

Howard was also charged with the felony of possession of stolen goods/property. Bail for her release has been set at $2,000,000 on the murder charge and $5,000 on the stolen goods charge.

In October, 59-year-old Anthony LaBarr was identified as the victim. LaBarr is from Ithaca, according to CNY Central.

It took law enforcement in North Carolina more than a month to learn the identity of LaBarr. He was in a “severely decomposed state” when found by law enforcement 30 days after his death, The Reflector reported.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.