Teen, now 17, is convicted of the brutal rape and murder of his 83-year-old neighbor when he was just 14 while he was in her home helping with chores
- Tyrone Harvin found guilty of raping and murdering Dorothy Mae Neil in 2018
- Harvin, who was 14 at the time, faces maximum sentence of life plus three years
- Dorothy was found unresponsive and beaten in 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 just 14 years old.
Tyrone Harvin, now 17, was found guilty on Wednesday of raping and murdering his neighbor Dorothy Mae Neil in her West Baltimore home on August 28, 2018 whilst he was supposed to be helping her with chores.
Harvin, who was also found guilty of carrying a dangerous weapon, now faces a maximum sentence of life plus three years. Sentencing is scheduled for January 3, 2023.
‘There really is no winner in this case,’ Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said after the guilty verdict. ‘Coming to terms with our youngest homicide defendant to date, raping and killing one of our seniors is devastating. It means the loss of two lives.
Tyrone Harvin, now 17, (left) was found guilty on Wednesday of raping and murdering his neighbor Dorothy Mae Neil (right) in her West Baltimore home on August 28, 2018 whilst he was supposed to be helping her with chores
Police found Neal unconscious in her home on in 2018 after a neighbor reported she hadn’t seen the 83-year-old in several days
Dorothy was reported missing by her neighbors after they had not seen her for a few days – but when officers arrived at the pensioner’s apartment, they noticed dry blood on the outside of her door.
Once inside the apartment, officers found Dorothy unresponsive, beaten, nude, and face up on the floor of her living room. She was surrounded by bloody clothing and a broken lamp with blood on it.
Medics arrived and rushed Dorothy to hospital – but she succumbed to her injuries once she had arrived.
At the crime scene, officers found several condom rappers, used condoms and blood on the floor in the living room where Dorothy was found.
Police said that the fingerprints found on the condom rappers belonged to Harvin.
DNA testing determined a partial profile consistent with Harvin on the inside of a condom and the middle of the lamp which also had the victim’s blood on it.
An autopsy and sexual assault exam found that Dorothy had suffered trauma to her head and genitals during the brutal attack. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 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 verdict was read. He did not appear to have family in the courtroom, reported the Baltimore Sun.
Prosecutors never provided a motive for the murder – but police had previously said Harvin had been helping Dorothy with chores before her death.
The defense had tried to cast doubt on the DNA software that had been used to match Harvin to the murder weapon and the condoms.
Harvin’s family, who did not appear to be in court on Wednesday, had said in 2018 that he was innocent.
‘I know my son wouldn’t do nothing like this,’ his mother told the Baltimore Sun in 2018.
‘I’ve said repeatedly we must do more to reach out to young people early, before they become entangled in the criminal justice system,’ Mosby said Wednesday. ‘And today exemplifies how dire that need is.’