Jury finds man guilty of three rapes in Ross, Hopewell
By Adam Brandolph
Published: Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, 1:09 p.m.
An Allegheny County jury found a man accused of raping three women in January 2012 guilty Monday on all counts.
The jury of seven women and five men found Arthur Henderson, 39, originally from the North Side but most recently of Ross, guilty of dozens of counts related to the rapes.
The jury, which deliberated less than three hours, acquitted Henderson of charges related to a mugging in Ohio Township.
“I think those women did an outstanding job,” Deputy District Attorney Laura Ditka said of the three victims who testified against Henderson. “They deserve all the credit. They did a great job, as did the police.”
The victims sat stoically as the verdict was announced, but one cried as each juror confirmed agreement with the verdict.
Prosecutors charged Henderson with more than 50 counts, including rape, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, burglary and access device fraud. He represented himself at trial.
Henderson sat emotionless while the jury read the verdict.
“The commonwealth presented a very comprehensive case,” said Public Defender Richard Narvin, who helped Henderson at trial. “It was a reasonable ending to a very long and tedious process.”
Police said Henderson followed a Hopewell woman home from Rivers Casino in the early morning of Jan. 7, demanded money and raped her at gunpoint, then drove to Ross where he broke into another woman's apartment, demanded money and raped her at gunpoint. Two days later, Henderson tied up a man and raped his fiancée inside the Cascades Apartments in Ross, police said.
Henderson spent about an hour earlier in the day telling jurors that detectives in the case conspired against him and that prosecutors presented no evidence for jurors to convict him.
“I'm the only one today who has proof,” he said. “Ninety-some percent of people who got on the stand lied.”
Ditka reiterated that DNA evidence presented during the trial — and taken from all three victims — makes the odds that his DNA would match another black man's DNA one in 8 quintillion.
“You have beyond a reasonable doubt,” she told jurors. “You have beyond 8 quintillion doubts.”
Ditka said Henderson stole the money to feed a gambling habit.
Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-9027 or email@example.com.
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