A longtime suspect was convicted of the murder on Tuesday, 35 years after a man and his adult son were found with their throats slit in their Connecticut home. the prosecutor saidWillie McFarland was found guilty of murder in the deaths of Fred Harris and Greg Harris, New Haven prosecutors said.
The message was sent to McFarland’s attorney. The 55-year-old man will be sentenced on January 31st.
On August 27, 1987, Fred Harris, 59, and Greg Harris, 23, were found dead and bound in the upstairs bedroom of their Hampden home.
Greg Harris tried to free himself and escape, but McFarland caught him, re-tied him up, and sexually assaulted him. The New York Times reportedciting the police affidavit.
Hampden Police Captain Ronald Smith told the newspaper the murder was “chilling down the spine”.
“Any murder is horrific, but this was overkill,” he told The Times.
McFarland quickly became a suspect and was interrogated shortly after the killing. But for years, authorities had no physical evidence linking him to the crime, but he continued to conduct DNA tests around 2006.
Then, in 2018, a new DNA test on a glove found at the scene found it “at least 1.5 million times more likely” that McFarland was one of the four contributors, officials said at the time. Stated.
He was arrested in 2019.
“Utilizing innovative investigative techniques, advances in forensic science, and a determination to hold perpetrators of horrific crimes to account, today’s jury verdicts are the result of 35 years of dedicated investigators and prosecutors. The search for “victims of these horrific crimes,” said state attorney John Doyle Jr. said in a release.