The trial of a handyman accused of the July 2015 rape and murder of 27-year-old Jasmine Wright, a Drexel graduate student, at her apartment near 50th and Locust Streets, got underway on Monday.
James Harris, 56, had worked in the building where Wright lived, but had been fired a week earlier, according to reports. He still had keys to the building when Wright was murdered. Police said his DNA and fingerprints were found at the scene.
Harris, also known as “Jimmy Camp,” had dozens of prior arrests, according to court records.
Harris is being tried in a non-jury trial, which continued today. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Harris waived a jury trial in exchange for the District Attorney’s office promise not to pursue the death penalty. If found guilty, Harris will face life without parole.
The trial is being held in courtroom 607 at the Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice at 13th and Filbert.