Former APD officer convicted of murder, burning woman's body

Former APD officer convicted of murder

ATLANTA -- A former Atlanta police officer has been charged with murder after only 90 minutes in court, officials confirmed late Wednesday.

Jurors returned guilty verdicts against 25-year-old Tahreem Rana for murder, felony murder, tampering with evidence, concealing the death of another, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, arson of land and four counts of violation of office.

On Aug. 22, 2014, Hapeville police were called to a city-owned dumping ground where an employee discovered a burning body. The victim was later identified as 26-year-old Vernecia Woodard. Investigators learned the victim also suffered a fatal gunshot wound to her head before her body was doused with gasoline and set on fire less than a mile from Rana's home.

It didn't take long for the evidence to lead detectives to Rana. The victim's cell phone logs showed that she had arrived in Hapeville just a short time after speaking with him - the same night of the murder.

Rana was an APD officer at the time of the murder and was subsequently fired. He was later apprehended while attempting to board a flight to Mexico.

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