Baltimore jury convicts man in 1998 murder, rape

Sentencing scheduled for July 7

April 26, 2010|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore jury has convicted a 41-year-old man of the 1998 rape and stabbing death of an 18-year-old woman.

Ernest Rivers, of the 2800 block of Waldorf Avenue was found guilty of first-degree murder, first-degree rape and robbery with a deadly weapon, according to the state's attorney's office.

Police arrested Rivers in 2006 after his DNA matched evidence from the stabbing of Jerrisha Burton. Her body was found in the back of a vehicle parked in the 700 block of Fillmore Street on January 28, 1998.

Rivers will be sentenced July 7 and faces a maximum of double life sentences plus 20 years in prison.

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