'Mr. X' Found Guilty On Murder Charges

5:45 PM, Apr 12, 2010   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) -- A Fulton County jury has convicted a 49-year-old man of strangling a woman and leaving her nude body in a vacant lot in Atlanta.

Michael Harvey was convicted of murder on Monday more than 15 years after prosecutors say he raped and strangled 39-year-old Valerie Payton. Her nude body was found in southeast Atlanta in 1994 next to a note that read: "I'm back Atlanta, Mr. X."

The jury also found Harvey guilty of aggravated assault and aggravated sodomy.

Prosecutors say the case was unsolved for more than a decade until DNA evidence linked Harvey to the crime in 2005.

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