Jun 19, 2008

On the ground near

There were two clues.

The 21-year-old was found dumped on the side of the highway, shot once and left to die.

Clayton County Police responded to Ga. Highway 42, between Fielder Road and Lake Harbin Road on a Saturday afternoon in February 2006. They found Perry Dee Phillips and two very important clues.

"There was," police reported, "a cellular phone, and what appeared to be a right rear floor mat, from a Ford Expedition on the ground near the victim."

Two men were convicted of Phillips' murder by a Clayton County jury late last week. They were connected to the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, prosecutors said, by the evidence the police found and the detectives followed all the way up to North Carolina.

With two key clues, N.C. men convicted of Rex murder