PHILADELPHIA (CBS) â Philadelphia Police say a man who had been hired and fired for maintenance work at a West Philadelphia apartment building in which the victim lived, has now been charged in last weekâs murder of a recent Drexel grad.
Homicide Captain James Clark says the handyman, 56-year old James Harris, faces murder, rape, robbery, burglary and other charges.
âHarris, who was terminated a week prior to this murder, and was banned from the building by management,â says Clarke. âHe was seen entering the building 30-minutes before Jasmine came home.â
Clark says 27-year old Jasmine Wright was on the bed in her third floor unit, on 50th Street, near Locust, on the phone with her mother, when the attack happened.
âWe know that because the mother hears a struggle, and the phone goes dead.â
Clark says investigators found evidence to link Harris to Wrightâs murder.
âThe crime scene unit and the chem. lab did a phenomenal job of gathering prints and DNA from the scene, and matching those prints and the DNA to our killer.â
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