A Dauphin County jury has found a Harrisburg man guilty of the premeditated murder of his estranged wife, 33-year-old Tarina Price.
During the trial prosecutors argued that 41-year-old Donnell Price planned to kill Tarina Price, a middle school English teacher and mother of three, in the mistaken belief that she was having an affair.
The jury deliberated for about four hours before finding Donnell Price guilty of 1st degree murder. His lawyer, First Assistant Public Defender Ari Weitzman insisted during the trial that the murder wasn't premeditated and that his client acted in a spontaneous act of passion.
Weitzman rested the defense's case Wednesday without calling any witnesses. Closing arguments were made Thursday morning.
Jurors heard an audio recording yesterday of a police interview with Donnell Price, in which he admitted that he stabbed Tarina Price inside her South Sycamore Street home and then fatally shot her after she fought him off and fled the house on December 14, 2011.
"It was very, very difficult," said Angela Parker-Quarles, Tarina's godmother, of the audiotape played in the courtroom. "I think the most difficult was the tone in his voice. No sadness, no sorrow, no remorse at all."
The prosecution also called a detective who testified that Donnell Price was dressed in black when he committed the killing and had the home's security system deactivated.