Augusta man admits to sexual contact with dead woman

An Augusta man who had sexual contact with a woman after she died received the maximum 10-year prison term for necrophilia Thursday.

 

Marcus D. Booker, 47, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to the charge. A second charge of rape was dismissed as part of the plea negotiation.

Booker initially balked at pleading guilty, telling Judge Daniel J. Craig that none of his DNA material was found inside the 42-year-old victim. But Booker admitted to sheriff investigator that he had sexual contact with the woman. After conferring with his attorney, Booker opted to go through with the guilty plea.

The night of Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2016, in a 15th Street boarding house, the woman and several men were smoking crack cocaine, said Assistant District Attorney Mary Elizabeth Bitting. The victim exchanged sexual favors with the men for more crack. At one point she became hysterical, screaming and fighting, but then she stopped and didn’t move again after accidentally overdosing, Bitting said.

Booker had a long history of misdemeanor offenses, but he also had a 1999 felony conviction for aggravated assault with intent to rape, Bitting said.

Defense attorney Holly Chapman pointed out Booker was a high school graduate and was working before his arrest. It was clear that drug addition led him down the wrong path, she said.

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