Jury finds McPherson guilty LaFortune Park rape trial

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 2/07 5:15 pm Published: 2/06 4:50 pm

The jury found a man accused of raping two Tulsa women guilty.

The jury began deliberating the case at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Willis McPherson is accused of raping a jogger at LaFortune Park and then a woman at an apartment near the park.

FOX23 found out that McPherson was a suspect in the LaFortune Park rape from early on in the investigation

Thursday, a nurse who performed a rape kit on the victim from the park took the stand. She told the jury the victim said the suspect told her "let me do what I want to you and I will let you go."

After the assault, he then asked for the jogger's phone number. A Tulsa police detective in the sex crimes unit testified McPherson was on a list of potential suspects at the start of the investigation because of his description and prior contact with the police in the area.

Thursday, FOX23 asked McPherson’s lawyer about his defense in this case and she did not want to comment.

Meanwhile the district attorney's office says they have a solid case.

"The defendant’s DNA was discovered on the victim on the park and it's a very high number. So there is a high likelihood hood that it is him. The victim from the apartment told us and told police that she knew the defendant. So the DNA is not important in that particular case," said Erik Greyless, an assistant district attorney.

The defense argues that some DNA may have gotten mixed up during the investigation.

McPherson could face life in prison.

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cdlray - 2/8/2014 3:09 PM
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I didnt know it matter you do wrong u do wrong but hey I aint the jury, so we will see the rapist back in the nursing home in a few years I guess...smh

Mayor Maynot - 2/7/2014 10:17 PM
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Cdlray #8 ^]]. McPherson had prior record. Think about it

cdlray - 2/7/2014 10:13 PM
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Wait a minute so he get life in prison for rape but why the dude that raped the women in the nursing home only get 10 years?

Mayor Maynot - 2/7/2014 7:50 PM
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Life in prison will be the good life for this turdball. Sex every day. Ben Dover ::))

Mayor Maynot - 2/7/2014 2:07 PM
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I doubt if he has a twin.

Mayor Maynot - 2/7/2014 5:03 AM
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Burn this piece of trash along with the rest of the garbage.
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