Family members of an 82-year-old woman raped last year on Summerville Road in Phenix City left the courtroom Tuesday crying.
Javarous Jermaine Hall, the man charged with the Aug. 7, 2007, crime had just been convicted of rape, sodomy, kidnapping and robbery after three hours of deliberations. It was longer than Assistant District Attorney Max Smith thought jurors would take, and he said those crying family members were the only ones happier than him.
"Definitely, this guy deserved it," Smith said of Hall, 19. "I'm just glad the jury saw through the lies he told on the witness stand. These kind of cases don't get much stronger than this."
Hall's victim testified Monday that he forced her at gunpoint inside her home, took $60 from her purse and then raped her. Before escaping, he tied the woman's hands with a telephone cord.
The Smiths, Ala., man was arrested the same day at his 108 Lee Road 537 home.
Walter Gray III, Hall's attorney, said his client admitted to jurors to the robbery and kidnapping, but said another man raped the woman. The woman testified that only one man was inside her home, though Gray said such a traumatic event can affect memories.
"(He) flatly denied any role or involvement in the rape or the sodomy," Gray said.
Smith dismissed the argument that another man was inside the home at the time of the robbery. Hall's DNA was found on the woman, which he believes forced Hall to at least admit to the robbery and kidnapping.
Hall faces at least 20 years in prison and a maximum of life, Smith said. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 22.