2009-11-19 / Police Reports

Death Penalty Sought In Fatal Beating Of Pa. Girl

YORK, Pa. (AP) – Prosecutors in central Pennsylvania will present evidence Monday that a man should be executed for the beating death of his ex-girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter.

Jurors last week deliberated for less than two hours before convicting 28-year-old Harve Lamar Johnson of first-degree murder in the April 2008 death of Darisabel Baez, who prosecutors said was beaten with a video game cord and her own hiking boot. The girl’s mother, Neida Baez, pleaded guilty last month to third-degree murder.

Prosecutors will argue that Johnson deserves execution due to the girl’s age and the extent of her injuries.

Defense attorney Rick Robinson argued unsuccessfully that Johnson lacked the “specific intent to kill’’ required for a first-degree murder conviction. He declined comment after the verdict.

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