Garner convicted of depraved heart murder

> Jackson, MS—A Hinds County resident has been convicted by a jury of depraved heart murder, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
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> The jury trial of Tracey Lynn Garner (formerly known as Morris Garner), age 54, of Jackson concluded this evening with a verdict finding Garner guilty of depraved heart murder and conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud in the death of Atlanta, GA resident Karima Gordon in 2012. Judge Winston Kidd has set sentencing for Tuesday. Garner faces up to life in prison and was immediately taken into custody.
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> The investigation—involving the Attorney General’s Office, the United States Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations and the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure– showed that Morris, posing as a licensed nurse, injected a non-medical grade silicone into the buttocks of the victim during an illegal medical procedure at Garner’s Jackson residence, 1020 Peyton Avenue.
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> The trial lasted five days and the jury deliberation took approximately five hours.
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> “We felt confident that the evidence would lead to a conviction,” said Attorney General Hood. “We appreciate the jurors for their service. We hope this verdict will deliver some sense of justice for Ms. Gordan’s family.”
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> This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Patrick Beasley and Special Assistant Attorneys General David Linzey and Crystal Utley.
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> Garner still faces similar charges in the death of a Selma, Alabama resident. The trial date in that case has not yet been set.
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