Girlfriend of teen murderer pleads guilty to perjury

Grand Rapids
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The woman who was dating a man recently convicted of raping and killing a Grand Rapids teenager has accepted a plea deal.

Tiara Lakeya Burnett appeared in a Grand Rapids courtroom Monday where she pleaded guilty to perjury in the Mujey Dumbuya murder investigation. In turn, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss two charges of witness intimidation against Burnett.

In February, a jury convicted Quinn James of first-degree murder for Mujey’s death.

The 16-year-old’s body was found near a trail in Kalamazoo on Jan. 28, 2018, four days after she disappeared on her way to catch a bus to school.

In October, a jury convicted Quinn of raping Mujey when she was 15 years old. She had been scheduled to testify in that trial when she was strangled.

Both Burnett and James worked at Kentwood Public Schools, as a custodian and groundkeeper, respectively.

The district placed Burnett on administrative leave after it learned of the perjury charge. James worked at the school district until he was charged with sexually assaulting Mujey in November 2017.

Burnett is expected back in court for sentencing June 3. The perjury charge carries a punishment of up to life in prison.

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