The man who was accused of killing Playboy model Christina Carlin-Kraft in her Philadelphia home in 2018 was found guilty of her murder. Jonathan Wesley Harris' attorney spoke exclusively to RadarOnline.com about the jury’s verdict.
“It’s a gruesome case,” Harris’ attorney A. Charles Peruto, Jr. admitted to RadarOnline.com.
Photographs from the scene where presented as evidence in court and Harris confessed to the crime after his arrest.
“The pictures are horrible, and he confessed, so I felt like I was trying the case with handcuffs behind my back and shackles on my feet,” Peralto Jr. said.
As RadarOnline.com readers know, Carlin-Kraft was strangled to death on August 22, 2018. RadarOnline.com obtained surveillance footage of the suspected assailant walking alongside a woman, believed to be Carlin-Kraft, on the street.
“What we know is that in the early morning hours of the 22nd, Kraft left her apartment and got a ride in a Lyft,” authorities said at the time of her death. “She was down in the city – shortly after she arrived in center city. She met with John Wesley and we learned that there was some sort of transportation that got them from Philadelphia to the Ardmore apartment that Christina lived in.”
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After Harris was arrested, he confessed to the crime, telling police that he was selling Carlin-Kraft cocaine, but after they had drinks and had consensual sex, she refused to pay for the ounce of drugs and the two got into a violent fight.
He then tied her up and repeatedly punched her when she tried to flee. She begged for her phone to call her father. When he gave it to her, she tried to call 911. He said that was when he choked her. He left her apartment and was on the run for a week before authorities arrested him.
He pleaded not guilty to the Playboy model’s death despite the confession in court. A jury convicted him of murder, kidnapping, possession of an instrument of a crime, strangulation, robbery, theft and receiving stolen
According to NBC 10 Philadelphia, after his guilty verdict was handed down, Harris was heard saying, "I believe justice was served."