A Baltimore teen has been convicted of raping and murdering his 83-year-old neighbor when he was just 14 years old, prosecutors stated Wednesday.
Tyrone Harvin, now 17, was convicted by a jury of first-degree homicide, first-degree rape and weapons offenses within the August 2018 assault that left Dorothy Mae Neal unresponsive in her residence. She later died at a hospital from her accidents throughout the brutal assault, prosecutors stated.
“Coming to phrases with our youngest murder defendant up to now, raping and killing considered one of our seniors is devastating,” Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement. “It means the lack of two lives.”
Neighbors contacted Baltimore cops after not seeing Neal for just a few days and responding officers discovered dried blood on the skin of her door. She was discovered unresponsive and nude on the ground, Mosby stated.
Investigators additionally discovered bloody clothes, a number of condom wrappers, in addition to used condoms, and a damaged lamp with blood on it, which prosecutors stated was the homicide weapon.
Fingerprints on the condom wrappers belonged to Tyrone Harvin and DNA testing revealed a partial profile in keeping with the 14-year-old boy. The lamp additionally had Neal’s blood on it, Mosby stated.
An post-mortem decided Neal had trauma to her head and genitals. A coroner dominated her explanation for loss of life to be a number of accidents with issues.
Harvin, who didn’t seem to have relations in court docket Wednesday, stared down as a jury introduced its verdict, the Baltimore Sun reported.
The teen’s attorneys had tried to forged doubt on the DNA software program used to match him to the homicide weapon, in accordance with the newspaper.
Prosecutors by no means supplied a motive for the slaying, however police have stated Harvin was serving to Neal with chores round her home earlier than she was attacked. The teen’s household, in the meantime, informed the Baltimore Sun in 2018 that he was harmless.
“I do know my son wouldn’t do nothing like this,” his mom informed the outlet.
Harvin faces as much as life in jail plus three years when he’s sentenced in January, stated Mosby, who added there was “no winner” within the case.
“I’ve stated repeatedly we should do extra to succeed in out to younger folks early, earlier than they turn out to be entangled within the legal justice system,” Mosby stated Wednesday. “And in the present day exemplifies how dire that want is.”