Man Convicted in Slaying of Teen Who Accused Him of Rape

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
February 28, 2019US News
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Man Convicted in Slaying of Teen Who Accused Him of Rape
Quinn James, left, listens during Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Kellee Koncki's closing argument during his murder trial at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Feb. 27, 2019. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A western Michigan man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of a 16-year-old girl who accused him of rape.

A Grand Rapids jury issued a guilty verdict Thursday for 43-year-old Quinn James of Wyoming, Michigan.

Mujey Dumbuya’s partially clothed body was found in January 2018 in woods in Kalamazoo, about 50 miles southeast of her Grand Rapids-area home. She had been strangled.

Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Kellee Koncki makes her closing argument
Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Kellee Koncki makes her closing argument during Quinn James’ murder trial at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Feb. 27, 2019. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

 Fatmata Corneh, the mother of Mujey Dumbuya, collapses outside
Fatmata Corneh, the mother of Mujey Dumbuya, collapses outside the courtroom while sobbing next to her sister Najah Konneh after the sentencing of Quinn James at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich. James, of Wyoming, Mich., who was accused of raping Dumbaya in 2017. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

James was a maintenance worker at Dumbuya’s school and she accused him of sexual assault in 2017. Authorities say James killed the girl while free on a $100,000 cash bond in the assault case.

Defense attorney Jonathan Schildgen makes his closing argument
Defense attorney Jonathan Schildgen makes his closing argument during Quinn James’ murder trial at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Feb. 27, 2019. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

He was sentenced last December to 20 to 30 years in prison for third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

His sentencing in the killing is scheduled for March 25.

Kent County Circuit Judge George Quist presides over closing arguments to Quinn James' murder trial
Kent County Circuit Judge George Quist presides over closing arguments to Quinn James’ murder trial at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Feb. 27, 2019. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

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