Lita McClinton

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Lita LaVaughn McClinton (1952 – January 16, 1987), the daughter of Emory McClinton, a former U. S. Department of Transportation official and his wife, JoAnn McClinton, a Georgia state representative, was murdered the day her divorce was to be settled. In 1997, Phillip Anthony Harwood was identified as the hit man and indicated that he had committed the murder at the behest of James Sullivan, the former husband of Lita McClinton. Sullivan escaped arrest by fleeing abroad. On July 2, 2002, he was arrested in Thailand, and in 2004, he was extradited to Atlanta. In March 2006, Sullivan was convicted of capital murder for arranging the 1987 shooting of his wife and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The case was profiled on Unsolved Mysteries in 2001, the year before James Sullivan was arrested.


  • Marion Collins. The Palm Beach Murder (St. Martin's True Crime Library) (Mass Market Paperback) ISBN 0-312-99086-3
  • Debra Miller Landau. Social Disgraces (Atlanta Magazine, October 2004
  • Marvin Marable. "Deadly Roses - The Twenty Year Curse" (GCCI) ISBN 978-1-4392-5747-0. Available at

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