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Man convicted in slaying of teen who accused him of rape

February 28, 2019
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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 Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. James, accused of killing East Kentwood High student Mujey Dumbuya, 16, after she accused him of rape, is on trial this week charged with first-degree murder. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — 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 (80 kilometers) southeast of her Grand Rapids-area home. She had been strangled.

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.

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.