Man Receives Life Sentence for Ridgeland Murder

For Immediate Release
May 19, 2011
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Robert Harvey, Jr. was sentenced to a life sentence, through a plea agreement, for the murder of Carmen Simone Sanders that took place in Madison County in 2010.

Guest stated, “Harvey murdered an innocent young lady before stealing a Playstation 3 and a laptop computer from her home. When Harvey was questioned about Sanders’ death he lied to police and then later tried to place the blame on his own brother. Harvey is a twice convicted killer who has shown no remorse for his actions.”

On January 8, 2010, the Ridgeland Police Department was called to Pine Knoll apartment complex by Terry L. Taylor, the victim’s boyfriend. After arriving on the scene, police found the victim lying on the bedroom floor, fully clothed and wrapped in a comforter with a kitchen knife stuck in her chest. An autopsy revealed that she had been stabbed more than a dozen times.

Robert Earl Harvey, Jr. immediately became a person of interest in the death of Sanders. Harvey and Taylor are co-workers at a local restaurant and Harvey had previously been over to the apartment that Taylor and Sanders’ shared. On the night of the murder Harvey was supposed to go over to the apartment to play video games with Taylor after Taylor got off work. When Taylor arrived home instead of meeting Harvey, as they had planned, he found Sanders’ body and immediately called 911.

Several days later the Ridgeland Police Department received information from a Confidential Informant that shortly after Sanders’ death, Harvey tried to sell him a Playstation 3 and a laptop computer. Harvey was then brought in for questioning and gave detectives several different versions of his whereabouts and the events the night of Sander’s death.

Harvey admitted to being at the complex and stated that he had gone to the apartment to meet Taylor and that no one was home and the then left without entering the apartment. He first denied that he killed the victim.

Law enforcement questioned Harvey about the possibility of his prints and DNA being recovered from the knife used to kill Sanders. This being the fourth version of the events of the evening, Harvey blamed his brother for the victim’s death.

Adrian Harvey was then questioned by police. Adrian stated that on the night of the murder Robert Harvey contacted him and asked him to “help clean something up” and also told Adrian he needed him to help him sell some items he had stolen from an apartment. When Adrian refused to help his brother, Robert became angry and hung up the phone.

Police determined that Adrian played no part in the murder of Sanders.

Guest concluded, “The citizens of Madison County should be proud of the work of the Ridgeland Police Department. Harvey is a very dangerous individual who has now been convicted for a second time for taking the life of an innocent person. This conviction will result in Harvey being warehoused in the penitentiary for the remainder of his life.”

Harvey has two prior felony convictions including a manslaughter conviction from Hinds County.