Norristown, Montgomery County, PA — The Philadelphia man charged in the Ardmore slaying of a former Playboy model was found guilty. The jurors found Jonathon Harris, age 31, guilty of first-degree murder of Christina Kraft, age 26, in Ardmore.
Closing arguments in the murder trial finished up shortly before noon, and the jurors deliberated for a little more than five hours before rendering a decision.
"I believe that justice was served," the convicted murderer Jonathon Wesley Wright said as he was escorted out of the courtroom wrote Carl Hessler Jr., a reporter for the Mercury.
Prosecutors had argued that Harris strangled and killed Kraft in her Sibly Avenue condo on August 22, 2018. The first-degree verdict was a blow to defense attorney A Charles Peruto, Jr.
"He is at fault. But I'm also saying this was not a specific intent to kill. He didn't go there for that," Peruto argued at the four-day trial.
The details of Kraft's August 22, 2018 murder are grisly. Her beaten body was found in her bloodstained bedroom by the police after they had been called in to check on Kraft because no one had heard from her.
Officials piecing together what happened revealed Kraft took a ride-hailing service to Philadelphia, where she allegedly met Harris. The two later returned to her condo in Ardmore.
A detective testified in October that Harris told him he was there to sell Kraft cocaine, but she refused to pay for the drugs and a fight ensued.
Harris met Kraft in downtown Philadelphia just hours before her death in August. Police have not indicated they have any evidence that the two previously knew each other or had met before.
According to police, Kraft reported a burglary at her condo on August 18, just four days before her death. She told investigators she had taken a Lyft to a Philadelphia hotel bar.
After that, she said remembered nothing, woke up the next morning in her condo very sick and saw that several items -- including credit cards, jewelry, and designer purses -- were missing from the condo.
Harris, who hails from Johnstown, was taken into custody Wednesday, August 29, after getting off a bus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, investigators said. He was allegedly trying to leave Pennsylvania.
Since being arrested and charged, Harris has been held without bail in Montgomery County’s Prison in Eagleville.
Kraft had an extensive career as a model. Her modeling profile lists photo shoots for Vanity Fair, Victoria's Secret, Playboy, and Maxim.
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