Marine found guilty of murdering his former prom date found bound, strangled and stabbed to death on football field bleachers


A US Marine from Baltimore has been found guilty of killing his ex-girlfriend, who was tied up, beaten, stabbed in the neck, strangled and dumped outside a local high school last year.

Christopher Rather, 23, was convicted on Monday of second-degree murder in the June 2018 death of 20-year-old Jasmine Pierce-Morris. He was acquitted of first-degree murder, which involves premeditation.

Rather’s defense attorney, Paul Batchelor, said during the trial last week that investigators mishandled evidence and set out to blame the ex-boyfriend for the slaying.

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