Breaking: Prince George’s man found guilty in murder of Alexandria activist


By Erich Wagner (File photo)

A Prince George’s man accused in the 2011 abduction and murder of local activist Lenny Harris was convicted on all charges Tuesday, including first degree murder.

After about three hours of deliberations this morning, a Prince George’s County Circuit Court jury found 28-year-old Tyrone Lewis of Fort Washington guilty on a slew of charges, from murder to robbery and kidnapping. He is scheduled to be sentenced November 1.

Harris, 53, went missing in September 2011 and was found in a 20-foot well in January 2012 after an anonymous phone tip to investigators. Police had said he was shot to death and dumped in the well on a vacant Fort Washington property.

Harris was well known in Alexandria as an advocate for minorities and the poor. Mayor Bill Euille, who described himself as a close personal friend of Harris, said the guilty verdict was great news.

“It will never bring peace to his wife and family because of how tragic his death was, but the fact that the folks involved in that incident now have been brought to justice and prosecuted, I think that bodes very well,” Euille said. “I’ve known Lenny almost his whole life and almost my whole life, and we were very close friends. I think all of us feel a sigh of relief and are thankful that this nightmare is over.”