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Jury finds Harris guilty in sexual assault case

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Updated: 9/20/2013 7:00 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Ammar Harris on Friday afternoon was found guilty in his sexual assault trial.

Harris, who is suspected in the shooting on the Las Vegas Strip on Feb. 21 that led to the deaths of three people, was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault and one count of robbery by a Clark County jury.

Harris had pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a woman's claim that he forced sex acts and robbed her in 2010. Harris will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Nov. 20.

The jury comprised of six men and six women found Harris guilty just before 1:30 p.m. in District Judge Kathleen Delaney’s courtroom. Harris was dressed in a gray suit when the verdict was read at the Regional Justice Center.

Testimony wrapped up on Thursday after jurors heard emotional testimony from a former roommate of Harris. The roommate said she heard screaming and crying the night a girl was allegedly robbed in their home.

Harris had pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a woman's claim that he forced sex acts and robbed her in 2010. Charges in the sex case were originally dropped when the alleged victim refused to testify and moved to Texas.

The case, however, was resurrected following the Strip carnage, when the woman testified before a grand jury.

The legal focus now shifts to the Feb. 21 shooting on the Strip.

In that incident, Harris is accused of shooting at a car and causing a horrendous fiery crash that left three people dead. Harris fled the scene and was the target of a manhunt that ended in his arrest in Southern California.

Harris is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in that incident.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 21, Harris got into an argument in the valet area of the Aria with rapper Kenneth Cherry Jr.

According to the police report, the two drove off in separate vehicles. Harris later shot at Cherry’s car as the two were driving north on Las Vegas Boulevard. Cherry lost control of the car and slammed into a cab which exploded from the impact.

Cab driver Michael Boldon, 62 and, passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, 48, a businesswoman from Maple Valley, Wash., were both in the cab and died at the scene.

Cherry was also killed. Freddy Walters, a passenger in Cherry’s car, was shot but survived.

Trial in the Strip shooting case is scheduled for Dec. 2.

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