Local/State

Phila. man convicted in horrifying rape, murder case

Thursday, May 27, 2010
Omar Sharif Cash

A Philadelphia man could face the death penalty after a suburban jury found him guilty of carjacking a couple before killing the man and repeatedly raping his girlfriend.

A jury must now decide if 28-year-old Omar Cash should be condemned to death or serve life in prison after they convicted him Thursday of first-degree murder, rape and other charges.

Prosecutors say Cash carjacked 32-year-old Edgar Rosas-Gutierrez and his girlfriend outside a Philadelphia nightclub in May 2008.

They say he forced Rosas-Gutierrez to drive while he raped the woman then ordered Rosas-Gutierrez out of the car and shot him in the head.

Investigators say the woman later escaped from Cash at a New Jersey motel.

Cash's lawyers suggested the woman lied about the shooting in order to legalize her immigration status.

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