Killer of Arts Academy professor Corrina Mehiel found guilty in DC

Two years after the assassination of former Academy of Fine Arts professor Corrina Mehiel, a jury on Wednesday found El Hadji Touré guilty on all counts in a superior court in Washington DC.

Mehiel was found tied up, raped and stabbed to death in her DC apartment on March 21, 2017.

She earned her MFA from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati in 2013. She then taught sculpture, art, design, and social practices at the Art Academy until 2016.

In 2017, Mehiel was working with the Mel Chin Studio, which participated in the “Fundred Reserve” at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington D.C.

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She was supposed to go home to visit her family when they got worried because they couldn’t reach her. They called the police, and within minutes officers found Mehiel.

His body showed signs of torture, according to Dr. Constance DiAngelo of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

After the murder, police tracked down Touré by following Mehiel’s stolen Prius and a trail of $4,000 in ATM withdrawals made with Mehiel’s debit card.

Touré, 28, was arrested a week after the murder.

Four months later, Touré was deemed mentally incapable to stand trial and was sent to a hospital for treatment. After about a month of treatment, the court decided that the case would go ahead.

Touré was convicted of first degree premeditated murder, first degree sexual abuse, robbery and related charges. The jury also said the murder was “heinous, atrocious or cruel”.

Touré will be sentenced by Judge Juliet McKenna on June 7. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

After Mehiel’s death, Flavia Bastos, a professor of arts education at DAAP, struggled to accept that Mehiel was gone, she said Thursday is still the case.

“Sometimes I don’t believe that’s true,” Bastos said. “It looks like a dream you’re about to wake up from.”

Over the past two years, Bastos said the memory of Mehiel stayed with her and came back often. When she saw a can of pink beer, the same one Mehiel had brought to a summer party at Bastos. When she visited DC recently.

“The city was different for me. It was marked by the memory of her,” she said. “It’s great to know the guy’s been convicted…but it doesn’t bring back that life and the promise that comes with it.”

Mildred D. Field