Court upholds ‘cold case’ murder conviction

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld convictions against a man who remained undetected for years after he raped and strangled a 39-year-old woman.

In 2010, Michael Harvey was convicted of the 1994 murder of Valerie Payton, whose mutilated body was found in a vacant lot in southeast Atlanta. The Fulton County Cold Case Squad solved the crime through DNA evidence after swabs were sent to a private lab in Dallas, which developed a distinct male profile. This was sent to the GBI, which matched it to Harvey.