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Tennessee woman convicted of binding, killing man in 2009

October 4, 2019 GMT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee jury has found a woman guilty of murder for binding a 68-year-old man’s body and face with duct tape and robbing him in 2009 when she was 13.

News outlets report the now 24-year-old Angel Bumpass was convicted on Thursday of first-degree felony murder in the slaying of Franklin Bonner, as well as attempt to commit especially aggravated robbery. Bonner was found bound to a kitchen table with tape covering his body and face. A medical examiner determined he’d suffocated.

A co-defendant, Mallory Vaughn, was found not guilty of the same charges. The defense had argued witness testimony in the case was flawed and evidence was weak.

The 10-year-old case had gone cold until prosecutors reopened it last year and found Bumpass’ fingerprints matched those taken from duct tape at the scene.