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Prostitute guilty of tying up, killing client

ATLANTA -- A former prostitute will spend the rest of her life in prison after being found guilty of robbing and killing a client.

Jurors returned guilty verdicts Wednesday against 40-year-old Tamieka Gamble on several charges, including murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, criminal attempt to commit armed robbery, burglary and weapons offenses.

Gamble and co-defendant Mark Ross were arrested last year in the cold case murder of 64-year-old Edward Jowers. The victim was found Aug. 9, 2010, bound and gagged on a bathroom floor inside his unit at the Magnolia Park Apartments in northwest Atlanta.

Prosecutors argued Gamble and Ross, her boyfriend and pimp, visited Jowers' home and pretended to offer him Gamble's services. They then tied the victim's arms and legs with cables, and covered his head with linens. Gamble and Ross repeatedly slashed Jowers' back with a knife while demanding money. They eventually ran from the apartment, leaving Jowers inside to die.

A Magnolia Park property manager discovered Jowers' body while performing a welfare check after not hearing from the victim in nearly a week. The Fulton County Medical Examiner determined Jowers died of asphyxiation.

Gamble and Ross were not linked to Jowers' murder until 2014, when DNA evidence from a cigarette butt found in the apartment matched Ross's. Both defendants admitted to killing Jowers for money, but tried to place the blame on each other.

Investigators later learned Gamble was involved in a similar attack. She pleaded guilty in 2006 to robbery and aggravated assault for tying up and robbing an elderly man at knife point.

After Wednesday's conviction, a Fulton County Superior Court judge sentenced Gamble to life without parole plus 15 years in prison. Ross pleaded guilty before going to trial and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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