ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has rejected an appeal from a man convicted of raping and murdering a woman in 1994.
Michael Harvey was found guilty in 2010 of killing Valerie Payton. DNA collected at the scene was investigated by a cold case squad in 2004, which led to Harvey's arrest a year later.
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Payton's body was found in a vacant lot at the intersection of Wylie Street and Flat Shoals Avenue in southeast Atlanta. She had been raped, sodomized and strangled, and her body had more than 50 postmortem slashes. A photo of Payton's then-8-year-old son was found on her stomach; someone wrote "I'm back Atlanta, Mr. X" on the back of the photo.