- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) - A businessman who was tried four times in the slaying of his wife before being acquitted said Friday that state police are trying to “get even” with him by accusing him of stalking an investigator involved in the case.

Calvin Harris, 55, was charged Thursday with fourth-degree stalking, a misdemeanor. Police said he threatened an off-duty officer and his family while standing in front of the officer’s house in Oneonta, 75 miles northeast of Harris’ home in Spencer. Harris was arraigned and released without bail, according to state police.

Harris on Friday told reporters he was minding his own business on a public street waiting to meet someone for a personal matter when the investigator confronted him and asked him where he buried his wife’s body. Harris said he did not know the officer lived there and accused state police of continuing their long campaign against him post-acquittal.

“This is a feeble, feeble attempt by them to try to get even,” Harris said, adding that police confiscated video of the incident from his phone and his dashboard camera.

Harris went to trial four times after being charged with murder in the death of his wife, Michele Harris, who disappeared the night of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Authorities argued in four separate trials that Calvin Harris killed her when she came home to the Southern Tier estate they shared with their four children. Her body has never been found.

The last trial ended May 24 with his acquittal. Two previous guilty verdicts were overturned, and a third trial ended in a mistrial.

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