COLUMBUS, Ga — A Columbus man will serve two consecutive life sentences without parole after a jury found him guilty in the 2012 slayings of his girlfriend and her 6-yer-old son.
Court records show 59-year-old Vince Harris was convicted Thursday in the staged murder-suicide of 47-year-old Tina Hall and her son Jeremy.
As News 3 reported, prosecutors argued during the trial Harris was angry his girlfriend, Hall, planned to throw him out of the house they shared. Harris had also experienced issues with women in the past, facing alimony battles with his ex-wives.
Harris had also been kicked out of another home after adding a previous girlfriend’s name to the deed.
A witness testified hearing Harris say he would kill before he “let another woman put [him] out again.”
News 3’s media partner The Ledger-Enquirer had a reporter in the courtroom as forensic analysts laid out the horrifying details.
They say evidence shows Harris shot Hall first while she was sleeping in bed with Jeremy next to her.
Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Ron Mullins says the loud gunshot “undoubtedly woke up young Jeremy.”
He says the boy likely woke to see his dying mother lying next to him and the man he had lived with standing over him with a gun. Then Harris shot the horrified little boy.
Harris claimed to police he found the bodies after coming home from work. He testified Hall was depressed after suffering financial struggles and shot her son then herself to avoid the suffering.
Analysts broke through Harris’ claims after determining the time Hall and Jeremy were shot and testing the scene.