Cold Case DNA Hit Ends in SJ Guilty Verdict

Thursday, Jun 9, 2011  |  Updated 5:53 PM PDT
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Cold Case DNA Hit Ends in SJ Guilty Verdict

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Nearly 23 years after 21-year-old Kristi Harris was found stabbed  to death in her San Jose apartment, a Santa Clara County jury found the  suspect in the case, Charles Grant, guilty of first-degree murder for the killing.

Harris, a hairstylist who was engaged at the time she was killed,  was found dead at her apartment by her roommate on Aug. 29, 1988, according  to police.

Grant was arrested in August 2008 after his DNA was matched to DNA  evidence taken from the apartment.

Police said Grant, who was known to use drugs around the time of  the murder, was Harris' next-door neighbor.

There were eight men and four women on the jury. They reached their decision Thursday morning.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge David Cena ordered Grant  to return to court for sentencing on Sept. 8.

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