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Jurors convict Haley in Internet hoax

POSTED: May 21, 2010 4:39 p.m.
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Andrew Scott Haley

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Andrew Scott Haley, a Gainesville man who posted a false Internet confession to killing 16 people, has been convicted of tampering with evidence in the case and providing false statements.

Jurors returned the verdicts this afternoon.

Jurors earlier watched the two videos that led to his criminal charges in Hall County Superior Court. Haley, 27, has admitted to creating and posting the videos, which he said was part of a game.

One of Haley's videos got the attention of the family of a missing Orlando, Fla., woman after a link to it was posted on a Web page dedicated to Jennifer Kesse, who disappeared in January 2006.

The link on the video-sharing website YouTube was accompanied by the words "I may be able to help you."

When Kesse's father, Drew Kesse, clicked on the link in mid-February 2009, he saw a short video of a person whose face was digitally blacked out and whose voice was electronically altered. The user name for the person who posted the video was "catchmekiller."

The video, Kesse testified Wednesday, "was in reference to 16 young women who were murdered."




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