February 5, 2023

A Baltimore teen has been convicted of raping and murdering his 83-year-old neighbor when he was just 14 years old, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Tyrone Harvin, now 17, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder, first-degree rape and weapons offenses in the August 2018 attack that left Dorothy Mae Neal unresponsive in her apartment. She later died at a hospital from her injuries during the brutal assault, prosecutors said.

“Coming to terms with our youngest homicide defendant to date, raping and killing one of our seniors is devastating,” Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement. “It means the loss of two lives.”

Neighbors contacted Baltimore cops after not seeing Neal for a few days and responding officers found dried blood on the outside of her door. She was found unresponsive and nude on the floor, Mosby said.

Investigators also found bloody clothing, several condom wrappers, as well as used condoms, and a broken lamp with blood on it, which prosecutors said was the murder weapon.

Fingerprints on the condom wrappers belonged to Tyrone Harvin and DNA testing revealed a partial profile consistent with the 14-year-old boy. The lamp also had Neal’s blood on it, Mosby said.

An autopsy determined Neal had trauma to her head and genitals. A coroner ruled her cause of death to be multiple injuries with complications.

Harvin, who did not appear to have relatives in court Wednesday, stared down as a jury announced its verdict, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The teen’s attorneys had tried to cast doubt on the DNA software used to match him to the murder weapon, according to the newspaper.

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Prosecutors never offered a motive for the slaying, but police have said Harvin was helping Neal with chores around her house before she was attacked. The teen’s family, meanwhile, told the Baltimore Sun in 2018 that he was innocent.

“I know my son wouldn’t do nothing like this,” his mother told the outlet.

Harvin faces up to life in prison plus three years when he’s sentenced in January, said Mosby, who added there was “no winner” in the case.

“I’ve said repeatedly we must do more to reach out to young people early, before they become entangled in the criminal justice system,” Mosby said Wednesday. “And today exemplifies how dire that need is.”