A man bound, beat and stabbed a Fulton County paralegal to death during a home invasion in southwest Atlanta.
And for more than seven years no one could link him to the crime.
But with the help of DNA evidence, Mr. Torico Jackson was found guilty on Wednesday and given two life sentences as well as 25 years in prison for the 2004 murder of Mr. John Ray, according to the district attorney's office.
When Mr. Ray didn’t show up for work at the Fulton County Conflict Defender’s Office on May 19, he was found dead in his Browns Mill Road home, the district attorney's spokeswoman Ms. Yvette Jones said.
“Ray’s body was discovered face down on the floor and his hands were bound behind his back,” Ms. Jones said. “He had been beaten and stabbed. The victim’s car and electronics were stolen and his home was burglarized.”
Investigator Marshall English said on the night of the murder, Mr. Jackson visited Mr. Ray, who is an acquaintance at his home. He then attacked the victim and stole his belongings.
Later that night, Mr. Jackson led police on a brief chase in the victim’s car after failing to pull over for a traffic stop. He crashed the car and fled the scene without being captured.
But officers were able to collect blood from the crash and placed it into a DNA database, Ms. Jones said. The DNA was eventually linked to Mr. Jackson following his arrest and conviction on separate robbery charges, she said.
In 2011, while serving prison time on the robbery conviction, he was charged with murder, felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault and burglary in the slaying of Mr. Ray, prosecutors said.
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