Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a New York man has been convicted of killing a teenaged prostitute on Jan. 1, 2013.
Jurors deliberated less than three hours Friday afternoon before convicting Ricardo Laron Harris, 35, of Rochester, N.Y., of murdering Yvonne Denise James, 19, in the early-morning hours of New Year’s Day 2013 inside her rented room at the Howard Johnson Inn on Delk Road in Marietta.
Mr. Harris was a client of Ms. James’ and was inside her room for about 90 minutes before he dialed 911 to report that someone had been killed. An autopsy found Ms. James died of blunt-force trauma and had been drowned. In addition to malice and felony murder, Mr. Harris was convicted of aggravated battery and concealing a death.
“The defendant is a violent serial offender with a long documented history of assaulting and beating women,” Deputy Chief ADA Jesse Evans said. “I credit Marietta Police detectives for their hard work and dedication on what proved to be a very challenging investigation.”
Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert E. Flournoy III will sentence Mr. Harris at a later date. He faces life in prison plus 30 years.
Roswell attorney Thomas Ford represented the defendant, who has been in custody since Ms. James’ death.
The trial began last Monday with jury selection.
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