Second man convicted in 2008 Herndon murder
A Fairfax County jury convicted a second man of murder Tuesday in the November 2008 slaying of Erika Yancey, who was repeatedly slashed and stabbed outside her car in the garage of her Herndon area apartment complex. The jury then recommended a sentence of 20 years in prison.
The jury deliberated over parts of three days before convicting Michael Thomas Jr., 28, of first-degree murder. Thomas was a friend of Marcus Williams, who also was convicted of first-degree murder by a separate jury last month, and also sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Williams had been living with his girlfriend, Ellen Phillips, and their two small children in the Camden-Dulles apartment complex on Dulles Station Boulevard. Phillips testified that she began a relationship with Yancey, whom she first met online, and that Yancey moved in with them in summer 2008.
On Nov. 16, 2008, Yancey disappeared, and blood was found in the Camden-Dulles garage. Clothes with Yancey's blood were found in the complex's trash dumpster. DNA testing later found that both Williams's and Thomas's DNA were on the clothes with Yancey's blood. Yancey was found inside her car, a short distance away, three days later.
Both Williams and Thomas maintained their innocence and were released on bond pending trial. But neither testified in their own defense.
-- Tom Jackman
June 1, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
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