- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) - A lawyer for a wealthy Southern Tier businessman being tried for murder for a third time since his wife’s disappearance has told a jury that police never pursued other possible suspects.

Prosecutors claim Calvin Harris killed his estranged wife Michele on the night of Sept. 11, 2001 at their home in Tioga County. With two convictions overturned, his third trial is being held in Schoharie County. Harris has maintained he is innocent.

The Press & Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton reports (https://press.sn/16N541P ) that defense lawyer Donna Aldea told a jury in opening arguments that prosecutors have no body, no weapon, and no witness. She said an exhaustive investigation turned up no signs of a crime scene.

Aldea said prosecutors tell a “gripping story” that leaves much reasonable doubt as to Harris’ guilt.


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