A Muscogee County Superior Court jury Thursday afternoon found Vincent Harris guilty on two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of a mother and her 6-year-old son in February 2012.
The jurors deliberated for 4 1/2 hours before reaching a verdict around 3 p.m. after a 9-day trial.
Police found Tina Green Hall and her 6-year-old son around 1 p.m. Feb. 24, 2012, in Hall’s 2352 Howe Ave. home in Columbus’ Oakland Park neighborhood.
Harris, who was living with Hall and her son, told police the two were alive when he left the house at 5:30 a.m. that day to go to work at Columbus State University, where he drove a bus. He found their bodies when he got back from work, he said.
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He told investigators Hall, 47, killed her son and then committed suicide, having succumbed to the strain of financial difficulties. Authorities initially reached that same conclusion, until a cold-case homicide investigator re-examined the deaths and decided Harris likely killed the two.
If convicted, Harris faces life in prison.