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James Allen HARRIS





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Kidnapping - Rape
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: March 28, 1983
Date of birth: October 27, 1954
Victim profile: Jane Brumblay, 31
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Marion County, Indiana, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on February 10, 1984. Resentenced to 160 years in prison on March 5, 1992



DOB: 10-27-1954
DOC#: 9581 Black Male

Marion County Superior Court
Judge John W. Tranberg

Prosecutor: Timothy Morrison, Michael Conway

Defense: Craig Turner

Date of Murder: March 28, 1983

Victim(s): Jane Brumblay W/F/31 (No relationship to Harris)

Method of Murder: manual strangulation

Summary: Harris confronted Jane Brumblay as she was preparing to get into her car parked in the Glendale Shopping Mall.

Brumblay was startled and threatened to report Harris, who promptly overpowered her, and forced her into her car. Harris removed her pantyhose and tied her hands, then drove to a movie theater lot and raped her more than once. Brumblay began to struggle and Harris choked her with her scarf until she was semi-conscious. He then placed the scarf in her mouth and drove to Broad Ripple Park.

The victim had by this time swallowed part of the scarf and had stopped breathing. Harris placed her body in the trunk and abandoned the car. The pathologist testified that Brumblay died as a result of manual strangulation, not the scarf.

Conviction: Harris pled Guilty But Mentally Ill to Murder, Kidnapping, and Rape

Sentencing: February 10, 1984 (Death Sentence)

Aggravating Circumstances: b (1) Rape, Kidnapping

Mitigating Circumstances: suffering from a psychiatric disorder which substantially disturbed his thinking and behavior

03-05-92 Defendant pleads guilty to Murder, Kidnapping (A Felony), and Rape (A Felony), and is sentenced by Marion County Superior Court Judge Paula E. Lapossa to 60 years, 50 years, 50 years for a total of 160 years imprisonment.


James Allen Harris



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