Hawaii man found guilty in Pa. professor's death - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Hawaii man found guilty in Pa. professor's death

Posted: Updated:
Jason Lee McCormick in court Jason Lee McCormick in court
Robert Henderson Robert Henderson

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii judge has found a man guilty of second-degree murder in the 1996 strangulation of a University of Pittsburgh professor.

The judge on Wednesday convicted Jason Lee McCormick of killing Robert Henderson, a guest lecturer at the University of Hawaii. The 51-year-old professor's nude, decomposed body was found in his Waikiki condo five days after he was last seen leaving campus.

The case remained unsolved until 2008, when McCormick confessed while being treated at a psychiatric facility.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 11.

McCormick told mental health examiners that Henderson's interest in boys and sexual advances while they had drinks in the condo caused him to snap.

Defense attorney Michael Green says his client was drunk and went into a rage because he was sexually abused as a child.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Related Links:

Man charged in professor's murder to stand trial

Cold case victim still honored at University of Pittsburgh

Defense attorney: suspect tried to confess to cold case murder two years ago

Man suspected of murdering visiting professor 14 years ago arrested