- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) - The jury deciding the fate of a wealthy New York businessman with two previous convictions for killing his estranged wife has been told to resume deliberations.

The judge’s decision Tuesday came a day after jurors said for a second time they were deadlocked in the case against Calvin Harris. He’s charged with murder in the death of Michele Harris, who vanished after leaving her boyfriend’s apartment the night of Sept. 11, 2001.

Defense attorney Bruce Barket argued that telling the jury to continue would be coercive. Schoharie County Judge George Bartlett denied his motion for a mistrial.

Prosecutors say Harris killed his 35-year-old wife when she came home to the Tioga County home. Her body was never found.

Defense lawyers argued that authorities overlooked other potential suspects.

Two previous convictions had been thrown out on appeal.


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