GRATERFORD, Pa. (WTXF/AP) - The West Philadelphia handyman convicted of raping and murdering a Drexel grad student has taken his life in prison.
A coroner says James Harris hanged himself, last Thursday.
Harris, 58, was found unresponsive in his cell at the state prison in Graterford.
Just a few weeks ago, on March 29, he was convicted in the July 2015 rape and strangulation murder of Jasmine Wright, 27.
Before being sentenced to life without parole, plus 30-60 more years, Harris denied he was responsible.
He was convicted by a judge after waiving his right to a jury trial, in order to avoid the death penalty.