Teen, now 17, has been convicted of brutally raping and murdering his 83-year-old neighbor when he was just 14 while he was at her house helping with chores
Tyrone Harvin found guilty of rape and murder of Dorothy Mae Neil in 2018
Harvin, who was 14 at the time, faces a maximum sentence of life plus three years
Dorothy was found unresponsive and beaten at Baltimore home before dying
A Baltimore teenager has been convicted of the brutal rape and murder of his 83-year-old neighbor when he was only 14 years old.
Tyrone Harvin, now 17, was found guilty on… Wednesday of raping and murdering his neighbor Dorothy Mae Neil at her West Baltimore home on Aug. 28, 2018, while he was supposed to help her with chores.
Harvin, who was also found guilty of carrying a dangerous weapon, now faces a maximum sentence of life plus three years. The verdict is scheduled for January 3, 2023.
“There really is no winner in this case,” Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said after sentencing. “To come to terms with our youngest murder suspect to date, the rape and murder of one of our seniors is devastating. It means the loss of two lives.
Tyrone Harvin, now 17, (left) was found guilty Wednesday of raping and murdering his neighbor Dorothy Mae Neil (right) at her West Baltimore home on August 28, 2018, while he was supposed to help her with chores
Police found Neal unconscious in her home in 2018 after a neighbor reported she hadn’t seen the 83-year-old for several days.
Dorothy was reported missing by her neighbors after not seeing her for a few days – but when officers arrived at the pensioner’s apartment, they saw dry blood on the outside of her door.
Once in the apartment, officers found Dorothy unresponsive, beaten, naked and face up on the floor of her living room. She was surrounded by bloodied clothes and a broken lamp with blood on it.
Doctors arrived and rushed Dorothy to hospital, but she succumbed to her injuries once she arrived.
At the crime scene, officers found several condom rapists, using condoms and using blood on the living room floor where Dorothy was found.
Police said the fingerprints on the condom rapists belonged to Harvin.
DNA testing determined a partial profile matching Harvin on the inside of a condom and in the center of the lamp, which also had the victim’s blood on it.
An autopsy and assault investigation revealed that Dorothy had suffered trauma to her head and genitals during the brutal attack. The Chief Medical Examiner’s office ruled the cause of death as multiple injuries with complications.
Harvin, who was 14 at the time, now faces a maximum sentence of life plus three years
On Wednesday, Harvin stared at his feet as the guilty plea was read. He appeared to have no family in court, reported the Baltimore Sun†
Prosecutors never gave a motive for the murder, but police had previously said Harvin had helped Dorothy with odd jobs before her death.
The defense had tried to cast doubt on the DNA software used to link Harvin to the murder weapon and condoms.
Harvin’s family, who did not appear in court on Wednesday, had already said they were innocent in 2018.
“I know my son wouldn’t do something like that,” his mother told the Baltimore Sun in 2018.
“I’ve said repeatedly that we need to do more to reach young people early, before they get caught up in the criminal justice system,” Mosby said Wednesday. “And today illustrates how urgent that need is.”