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PonderingThings
02-10-2006, 09:33 PM
http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/harris_michele_anne.html

http://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/images/harris_michele_anne.jpghttp://www.nampn.doenetwork.us/cases/images/harris_michele_anne2.jpg

Michele Anne Harris
Above Images: Harris, circa 2001

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

# Missing Since: September 11, 2001 from Owego, New York
# Classification: Endangered Missing
# Date Of Birth: September 29, 1965
# Age: 35
# Height: 5'2"
# Weight: 100 lbs.
# Hair Color: Blonde
# Eye Color: Brown
# Race: White
# Gender: Female
# Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoo of a flaming sun
on right ankle. Pierced ears. Breast augmentation.
# Clothing: Khaki shorts, white sneakers, a navy blue polo
shirt with red and white striped collar with "Lefty's" logo.
# Jewelry: Gold and silver watch and numerous rings, earrings
and bracelets. Two chain necklaces (one of the necklaces
has a religious pendant on it).
# AKA: Michele Taylor
# NCIC Number: M-351840030
# Case Number: SP Owega 01-270

Details of Disappearance
Michele was last seen at approximately 9:30 pm leaving her place of employment in the vicinity of the 400 block of Broad St. in Waverly, NY. She went to visit a friend in Barton, NY and left at approximately 11:30 pm to go back to her residence in Spencer, NY. Her vehicle, described as a gold 2000 Ford Windstar Van with NY dealer plates, was located the following morning near her residence in the vicinity of the 300 block of Hagadorn Hill Rd. in Spencer, NY. The keys were in the ignition.
In October 2005, her husband, Calvin, was charged with her murder. Michele's body has not been recovered.

PonderingThings
02-10-2006, 09:35 PM
http://www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060210/NEWS01/60210001




Calvin Harris, 44, today in Tioga County Court for a pre-trial hearing, waived his right to a speedy trial and agreed to the September trial date.

Prosecutors say Harris killed his wife, Michele Harris, who disappeared Sept. 11, 2001. The couple has four young children.

Harris was indicted on a single count of second-degree murder, a felony, on Sept. 30 -- a little more than four years after Michele Harris, 36, vanished after leaving her waitressing job at a Waverly tavern the evening of Sept. 11, 2001. Her body has never been found.

Calvin Harris remains free on $500,000 bail, set by Tioga County Judge Vincent Sgueglia, who will oversee his trial in September.

Richard
02-11-2006, 10:55 AM
How convenient that she disappeared on the day that the World Towers came down. I am sure that would have been his his claim - that she was lost in them. Unfortunately, he probably didn't know that she had been seen AFTER the towers had come down. Well, maybe he can claim that someone else killed her and made her body disappear.

meggilyweggily
02-13-2006, 12:02 AM
How convenient that she disappeared on the day that the World Towers came down. I am sure that would have been his his claim - that she was lost in them. That's doubtful. Owego, the town Michele disappeared from, is like 200 miles away from NYC. Besides, I don't think he thought that far ahead.

I do believe, however, that her case would have got more coverage if it wasn't for 9-11 happen. I mean, we have a wealthy, attractive, blonde suburban soccer mom vanished into thin air. The news media likes that.

Rle7
02-27-2007, 02:50 PM
Less than a month after a judge threw out a murder indictment against Calvin Harris related to the 2001 disappearance of his estranged wife, a second grand jury has re-indicted the Tioga County businessman on a single charge of second-degree murder, court officials confirmed Monday.

Harris will be arraigned on the charge today in Tioga County Court in Owego, officials said. The 45-year-old Spencer resident remains free on $500,000 cash bail set after the first indictment in September 2005. Broome County Judge Martin E. Smith will oversee the high-profile case, including today's arraignment.

A clerk in Tioga County District Attorney Gerald Keene's office said Monday the district attorney would not comment on the case.

In January, Smith threw out the initial murder indictment on the grounds that the grand jury proceedings conducted by Keene were improper.

Harris' Binghamton-based attorney, Joseph F. Cawley Jr., declined comment Monday afternoon because he said he had not seen a copy of the latest indictment.

Michele Harris vanished sometime between 9:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 2001, and the following morning, when she was reported missing by an acquaintance, police said. The then-35-year-old mother of four had left her waitress job at a Waverly tavern at 9:30 p.m., witnesses later said.

http://www.theithacajournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070227/NEWS01/702270338

nanandjim
05-27-2007, 01:45 PM
Michele Harris is still missing. She was in the process of getting a divorce from her wealthy husband, Calvin. Her vehicle was found with the keys in it at the entrance of their driveway. He is now on trial for her murder. Here are a few links with photos and information.

This is Michele.

http://www.charleyproject.org/images/h/harris_michele.jpghttp://www.charleyproject.org/images/h/harris_michele2.jpg

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/h/harris_michele.html

http://www.eveningtimes.com/articles/2007/05/26/news/news1.txt

Michelle was still living under the same roof as her soon-to-be ex-husband with their four children. His family and he are influential and wealthy. After the divorce, she would have been set for life.

She was dating a much younger man at the time of the murder. The defense is trying to pin the murder on him saying that he had moved to be closer to Michele, giving up his job, a girlfriend and a home for her, only to realize that she wasn't as serious about him as he was about her.

I really feel that the husband murdered her. However, this is a weak case with little to go on because her body has never been found. Her blood was found in the garage. Henry Lee was due to testify in this case about blood spatter that was found. I feel certain that his credibility will be brought into question with the happenings in the Phil Spector case.

Calvin Harris reminds me of Perry March. I just hope that justice is served for Michele and her family.

oceanblueeyes
06-04-2007, 10:13 PM
Michele Harris is still missing. She was in the process of getting a divorce from her wealthy husband, Calvin. Her vehicle was found with the keys in it at the entrance of their driveway. He is now on trial for her murder. Here are a few links with photos and information.

This is Michele.

http://www.charleyproject.org/images/h/harris_michele.jpghttp://www.charleyproject.org/images/h/harris_michele2.jpg

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/h/harris_michele.html

http://www.eveningtimes.com/articles/2007/05/26/news/news1.txt

Michelle was still living under the same roof as her soon-to-be ex-husband with their four children. His family and he are influential and wealthy. After the divorce, she would have been set for life.

She was dating a much younger man at the time of the murder. The defense is trying to pin the murder on him saying that he had moved to be closer to Michele, giving up his job, a girlfriend and a home for her, only to realize that she wasn't as serious about him as he was about her.

I really feel that the husband murdered her. However, this is a weak case with little to go on because her body has never been found. Her blood was found in the garage. Henry Lee was due to testify in this case about blood spatter that was found. I feel certain that his credibility will be brought into question with the happenings in the Phil Spector case.

Calvin Harris reminds me of Perry March. I just hope that justice is served for Michele and her family.

Yes, it seems the defense wants to recall Dr. Lee to the stand to discredit him and his testimony because of the Spector fiasco.

I am not so sure this is a weak case though. Missing body cases are getting guilty verdicts more and more these days.

The juries just dont buy the "she can come through that door at anytime" defense mumbo jumbo anymore.

imoo

Jeana (DP)
06-05-2007, 04:09 PM
What a beautiful woman. I'm sorry for her children and her family.

SewingDeb
06-05-2007, 11:23 PM
I had not heard of this case until today. I think they have the right man from what I've read at the search results on this new site:

http://www.eveningtimes.com/shared-content/search/?search=go&l=25&q=Michele+Harris

(lots of articles!)

nanandjim
06-09-2007, 01:12 PM
I had not heard of this case until today. I think they have the right man from what I've read at the search results on this new site:

http://www.eveningtimes.com/shared-content/search/?search=go&l=25&q=Michele+Harris

(lots of articles!)
Well - Cal was found guilty!! He cried loudly in the courtroom. Amazing...tears for himself, obviously.

SewingDeb
06-10-2007, 09:17 AM
http://www.stargazettenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070608/UPDATE/306080001

HARRIS TRIAL: Verdict surprises but pleases many in Owego

Richard
04-03-2008, 01:51 PM
Bumping case up. Does anyone know the outcome of the charges and trial?

bugaboo
04-20-2008, 08:38 AM
06/08/2007Harris found guilty of second degree murder; DA to seek maximum prison term

BY SCOTT KULAH http://images.zwire.com/images/spacer.gif
OWEGO, N.Y. -- It was just one word that will change so many lives forever -- guilty.
His attorneys tried to console him, but Calvin Harris could do nothing but sob after the jury delivered the verdict.
Found guilty of the second-degree murder of his wife, Michele, who disappeared on Sept. 11, 2001, Calvin Harris, 46, will now face prison time -- but how much is the next question.
Tioga County, N.Y., District Attorney Gerald Keene said following the trial that he may recommend Calvin Harris receives the maximum sentence of 25 years to life.
"I think that the maximum sentence would be appropriate because not only what he did to Michele but what he did to his kids by taking their mother away," he said.
Harris, who left the courthouse in handcuffs and in the custody of the Tioga County Sheriff's Department, had his bail revoked and is slated to return to the courthouse for his sentencing on Aug. 24 at 8:30 a.m.
Greg Taylor, Michele Harris' brother, said after the verdict came in, "It doesn't really bring closure. I'm glad Cal is where he belongs now; but, until we find her body and get her property there is no closure.
"Hopefully Cal will someday tell us where she is and have some compassion for our family," he added. "He took so much away from us."
As Keene and special council for the prosecution Thomas Kline left the Tioga County Courthouse in Owego, N.Y., the district attorney said he was pleased with the jury's decision, and that the extensive amount of evidence investigators provided was key in getting the conviction.
"I don't think it was any piece of evidence," he said. "I think it was a combination of everything -- especially the blood evidence -- there was no other explanation for it."
He also said the time frame of the conviction, which comes nearly six years after Michele Harris was last seen, was necessary so the defense could not argue that she had gone somewhere and can still come back.
As for Michele Harris' body or a murder weapon, Keene said it will probably never be found.
"Where he put it, that's where she is and that's where she's going to stay," he said, referring to a comment that Calvin Harris allegedly made to Michele Harris prior to her disappearance, when he told her that if he killed her no one would find the body and it wouldn't be pinned on him.
The prosecutor also said Judge Martin E. Smith made a good decision by not allowing certain background information to be submitted as evidence or testimony during the trial.
With Harris now incarcerated for an undetermined period of time, it is now unclear what will happen with the custody of the Harrises' four children.
"I hope they are going to be with relatives that will provide them with support and love," Keene told the media as he walked out of the courthouse Thursday.
He also thanked the jury -- which deliberated for about five hours -- for their hard work in the recent weeks.
"It takes some courage on their part to look at the evidence and say even though there is no body and there is no weapon, it's still obvious that this is the man who killed her," Keene said.
Defense attorney Joseph Cawley Jr. said Harris was "understandably upset" and that although the jury worked very hard, they are very disappointed with the outcome of the trial.
Harris' trial began on May 23. The jury made its decision after hearing testimony from 48 witnesses and observing 253 pieces of evidence.
Scott Kulah can by reached at (570) 888-9652; or e-mail: reviewvalley@thedailyreview.com

http://www.thedailyreview.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18447045&BRD=2276&PAG=461&dept_id=465049&rfi=6

MrMonk
07-03-2008, 07:08 AM
“If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

I have no prejudice to either family but I have an opinion to what may have happened the night of September 11, 2001. I am curious to what all of you think about it. The only information I am basing my opinion on is from what I read in the Press & Sun, Morning Times, and The Daily Review. Also, pictures can tell a story as good as or better than the words printed around it. Like they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
Calvin bringing pictures of his kids to court with him was a prop for the jury to see just before they decided his fate. It is just like an adult dressing up for court to appear innocent (as if you shave and get a haircut you couldn’t possibly commit a crime) and a child dressing down to look younger so the court won’t view the child as an adult.
When Calvin first heard the jury announce he was guilty he cried out “No, No, No, Oh God No”, that was the reality that he was not going to get away with Michele’s murder. Moments later there is a picture of him being escorted out of the courtroom with the same expressionless look on his face as he had during the whole trial, that was the wheels turning as he tries to plan his next course of action. That’s just my opinion though.

Everyone knows what the United States, and the rest of the world for that matter, went thru on the morning of 9/11/2001. Only two people know what really happened that night at the Harris estate. It would have been very easy not to draw too much attention doing things out of the ordinary that day.
One must understand Mr. Harris had access to numerous vehicles from the Royal dealerships. Searching for evidence of foul play in Michele’s van and/or Cal’s pickup, only, doesn’t seem like enough searching to me. On occasion car dealers need to decrease the lot’s inventory and one way, besides selling the vehicle, is to send the vehicle to the scrap yard to have it destroyed and collect money for the raw metal.
I don’t know exactly what happens to vehicles after they have been destroyed. I am guessing they may be ground up and melted down to be recycled into something else. I am sure someone could provide that answer. Let’s just assume the vehicles are melted down. I don’t think it would be a far stretch of the imagination that Mr. Harris could take a vehicle (V1) off one of his lots, maybe park it at the end of his driveway in such a way as to block the entrance so Michele couldn’t drive up. The Harris driveway is fairly long and secluded. Keeping her at the end of the driveway would reduce the possibility of his children hearing a struggle. She would then exit her vehicle (V2) to see why there is a car at the end of the driveway blocking her path. At that time, Mr. Harris could have overpowered Michele, restrained her and forced her into the trunk of V1. Mr. Harris then could have driven V1 back to the dealership where it would be placed on a car carrier ready to go to the scrap yard Cal then could pickup his own vehicle and return home.
Remember, this is September 11th 2001. Most people would have the terror attacks on their mind and might miss clues, mistakes made by Mr. Harris, or anything out of the ordinary and certainly would have trouble recalling anything not related to the attacks. Therefore if the body was in a vehicle on a car carrier it would go unnoticed because there could be a good possibility these cars would not have been inspected for unusual items before being scrapped. Chances are, if the vehicles are checked at all, it would have been done prior to being loaded onto the carrier.
Now these cars are off to the scrap yard where they, and their contents, will be crushed. If Michele was inside one of these vehicles her bodily fluids would somewhat be absorbed by other materials such as fabrics and foam cushioning inside the car as well as anything Mr. Harris may have wrapped her in.
The small amount of blood found in the garage and kitchen home probably had nothing to do with the murder. If Michele or one of the children cut themselves in the garage it would be reasonable to believe that they would go to the kitchen to tend to the wound. Maybe Brian Early should have been asked by police if he had noticed any recent injuries on Michele that may have created the blood spatters in the garage and kitchen. Hindsight is 20/20. Unfortunately the police made some mistakes by not questioning more people right from the start. As a police officer, one should not try to prove a suspect committed a crime but instead disprove all suspects until only the guilty suspect or suspects remain. The scene was not initially considered a crime scene until the blood evidence was found. This also means any evidence of a struggle at the end of the driveway my have been compromised by numerous vehicles entering and exiting the driveway. Assume the worst until you can rule it out in order to preserve the crime scene.
While the police were focusing on the Harris property as being the only crime scene, they may have been loosing key evidence. I didn’t hear about any of the dealerships being searched. I didn’t hear about the local scrap yard being searched. I didn’t hear about an inventory discrepancy check at any of the dealerships to show there might have been a car missing from the lot. This is all speculation but in hindsight it would have been something to consider.
I do not think Brian Early would have harmed Michele. I think Brian cared for her too much, something Cal did not. I also think that even if Brian had murdered Michele, the body would have been found by now. Crimes of passion are harder to cover up because they are usually not well thought out. These crimes are committed on a spur of the moment and after the act is done the assailant has to figure out what to do with the victim and evidence linking them to the crime. I feel there would be way too much room for error even when the world was looking the other way. When Calvin stated to Michele, if he were to kill her, he wouldn’t need a gun and that no one would find her body and that no one would be able to link the murder to him that is probably when he was developing a plan to take Michele’s life. The idea was already there, that is why he said what he did. Now he just needed to calculate exactly how and when to do it.

There are people that I am not too fond of and if they were to go missing I wouldn’t be too upset if they were never found. On the other hand, if I were the main suspect in their disappearance, I would try my best to find them and to find the real truth to what happened if only to take the attention off of me. I would not just sit back and let others accuse me of a crime I knew I did not commit. I think Calvin was pretty confident he had pulled off the perfect crime and that no one would be able to link him to Michele’s disappearance so he probably did not feel the need to assist in the search. In fact he probably found it amusing that everyone was looking in the wrong places. Every day that passed he could feel a little more confident because he would know any possible evidence was being lost to the elements or forgotten.
Based on what I have read, heard, or seen I think I have given good explanations as to how Mr. Harris could have killed his wife Michele while leaving no evidence of a weapon or a body to ever be discovered. I don’t believe there was any true blood evidence since the police didn’t check the scrap yard. The weapon would have been Calvin himself abducting Michele and the car crusher used to crush the car her body was placed in. The body itself would now be lost forever after being crushed and melted down for recycle. There would be no need for anyone to help Mr. Harris and he wouldn’t have to forever trust someone with a secret that could destroy his life. Sending cars from his dealerships to the local scrap yard may not be out of the ordinary. Therefore pulling off the act of murder in that way would not be very hard and once it was done and the body was gone he would be home free.

fhc
01-15-2010, 10:04 PM
On Dateline now

RN from Dixie
01-15-2010, 11:09 PM
who has custody of the 4 children?

cluciano63
02-13-2010, 02:34 AM
i am so glad he was convicted again. no one else had reason to want michele dead no matter how much mud his family slung her way...and why on earth would she have made it all the way home, where her van was found, if that was not where she was killed? i think CH ran out of time after he killed her, hid her body, cleaned up and then had to be ready for housekeeper and kids to get up for school, etc...and had to just leave the van there at end of driveway and try to explain it away, which he did with that so-called witness at 2nd trial, which went over like a lead balloon...i am from this are originally and my dad was very close to Cal's Dad so i do not have any vengance against the Harris family, who provide tons of jobs in the area, so i do not believe that two juries were poisoned...that is ridiculous. People take jury duty very seriously in 99.9% of cases, it would be very hard to "throw" two juries...

Angel Who Cares
02-14-2010, 01:34 AM
48 Hours Showcases Cal Harris Case
Story Created: Feb 12, 2010 at 5:42 PM EST
(Story Updated: Feb 12, 2010 at 5:44 PM EST )
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The CBS news program 48 Hours Mystery shines a new spotlight on Tioga County this weekend. It updates "A Time to Kill" with an in-depth look at both of the Cal Harris murder convictions.

Kevin Tubbs was a key witness for the defense in the case against Cal Harris. Harris, of Spencer, was convicted twice of murdering his wife Michele in September, 2001. Her body has never been found. 48 Hours Mystery is profiling the case this weekend.

Complete with an interview with Kevin Tubbs. The first guilty verdict against Harris was thrown out after Tubbs came forward, claiming to have seen a woman fitting Michele's description, hours after prosecutors allege she was murdered.

In an exclusive, 48 Hours Mystery spoke with members of Michele's family. They say they're worried about Michele and Cal's 4 children. The Taylors say they barely see the children. And they want them to know their mother didn't just disappear.

Watch The Video: 48 Hours Showcases Cal Harris Case 1:57
The CBS news program 48 Hours Mystery shines a new spotlight on Tioga County this weekend. It updates "A Time to Kill" with an in-depth look at both of the Cal Harris murder convictions. Action News reporter Gabe Osterhout spoke with the 48 Hours correspondent about what viewers can expect.
http://www.wbng.com/news/local/84263767.html?video=YHI&t=a

Article:
http://www.wbng.com/news/local/84263767.html
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48 Hours Mystery: A Time to Kill
A Mother Vanishes from her Upstate N.Y. Home the Day After 9/11; Was it the Perfect Time for a Crime?
Feb. 13, 2010
This story originally aired Nov. 10, 2007. It was updated on June 24, 2008 and Feb. 13, 2010.
*Article is Pages 1 - 5
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Tioga County in upstate New York is the kind of place where people go to escape the problems of the big cities. So when 35-year-old Michele Harris disappeared, it mystified State Police Captain Mark Lester.

"A murder in Tioga County, it’s a pretty rare occurrence… For an actual person to go missing and not be able to find 'em is extremely rare," he said. "And normally, you would expect at some point along this way we're gonna find her … And we still haven't been able to find her remains." In the early morning hours of Sept. 12, 2001, Michele’s van was found at the end of her driveway.

"There was a gut feeling I think right from the get-go that something was wrong," Lester told "48 Hours Mystery" correspondent Erin Moriarty.

Lester said getting a search under way wouldn’t be easy. "It's the day after 9/11. We had just sent 500 or 600 troopers to New York City the night before. Most of our canines had been sent to New York City. Most of our aircraft was working with New York City. So, trying to gear this thing up quickly wasn't happening as easy as it normally would." Adding to the pressure was that Michele was the wife of Cal Harris, a prominent businessman, from a wealthy and influential Tioga County family.

It was a fairytale romance, and no one was happier than Michele when she married Cal and became pregnant. By the time she was 33, Michele had four children under the age of 6. Cal provided well; the couple lived on a 252-acre estate, complete with a private lake.

Then Michele discovered Cal was having an affair. Cal and Michele tried to save the marriage, but in January 2001, after 10 years, Michele filed for divorce.

According to Shannon and Michele's brother, Greg Taylor, Cal did not want the divorce. Greg, said it was a bitter split as Michele fought with Cal over money - demanding a full accounting of his businesses. "There's no way that he was gonna let Michele take his family money. There was no way that that was gonna happen," Thayer explained. The situation was made even worse because the couple was forced by the courts to continued sharing the house.

On Sept. 12, 2001, the world was focused on the thousands missing in Manhattan. In Owego, N.Y., 196 miles away, there was another disappearance that might have been overlooked, if not for a call to state police investigator Sue Mulvey from Michele Harris' divorce lawyer. "And he said that she hadn't come home, which was totally out of character for her," Mulvey recalled. "And he was concerned for her well being."

What happened to 35-year-old Michele Harris, who vanished in the early morning of Sept. 12, 2001? If she’s dead, where is her body? Michele's family and friends weren’t the only ones who suspected Cal Harris killed his wife; so did the police, but there simply wasn’t much of a case.

Without a body or a murder weapon, there's no cause of death. In fact, there's no proof that Michele is dead at all. What the police did have were tiny drops of blood in the kitchen and the garage. And then there was Cal Harris himself - what he did after his wife disappeared and what he didn’t do. The local state police was now back to full strength and convinced Cal had buried Michele’s body, focused the search in and around the Harris property; they used helicopters in the air and dogs on the ground.

The search went on for a year, then two. After four years and no sign of Michele, investigators felt it was now or never. "The case wasn't getting any better. There were really no new significant leads or evidence coming in," Lester said. "But win, lose or draw, this case had to go to trial."

So on Sept. 30 2005, Cal Harris was arrested and charged with Michele’s murder. But how much of a case is there? Defense attorney Joe Cawley is confident Cal Harris will never be convicted. Nothing has quite shaken the calm of Owego, New York like the murder trial of Calvin Harris. It took nearly six years, but Harris’ trial finally began on May 21, 2007.

Harris, out on $500,000 bail, came to court from the house where authorities believe he murdered his wife almost six years earlier.

"It was blood spatter, so that it wouldn’t come from a bloody nose dripping or a cut finger," D.A. Keene explained. Henry Lee testified that the tiny drops of blood found on the kitchen rug - more than 40 of them - are more evidence of an assault. He testified that the blood stains were more consistent with spatter than dripped blood. And a square stain of blood on the rug that could have been left by the murder weapon. "People don’t drip in square patterns," explained Keene. Dr. Lee also told the jury that the blood -that looked bright red in photographs - had to be fresh. Harris Defense Attorney Bill Easton disputed that. "Dr. Henry Lee never examined that blood. He bases his opinion solely on his examination of photographs," he pointed out.

"So Dr. Lee saying it's within a few days we think is simply incredible. That may be his opinion, based on hunches, based on his experience. It’s not based on science," said Easton. And beyond the blood, said the defense attorneys, there is no other physical evidence to tie their client to Michele’s disappearance or death. There's no body and no murder weapon.

Harris also chose not to testify at trial. So on June 6, 2007, after two weeks of testimony, the case went to the jury. Will the holes in the case against Calvin Harris add up to reasonable doubt? His attorneys are counting on it.

With the case in the hands of the jury, Cal Harris' friends Tracey and Kevin O'Hara were feeling confident. "It seems like Cal would have to be Houdini to fulfill this crime the way the prosecution said he did," said Tracy. "I thought, finally, in just hopefully a few hours, maybe in a few days, this is finally gonna be behind Cal," Kevin said, believing his friend would be acquitted.

It took the jury less than four hours over two days to reach a verdict. Michele’s friend, Cindy Turner said, "When the verdict was read, you could feel the courtroom on the left of us - all of the Harris family just dropping. It was like dominos. And the crying from Cal." Guilty. Calvin Harris was convicted of the second-degree murder of his wife, Michele.

"I think I had to wait a minute to digest it," Michele's father, Gary Taylor said. "I mean this is the man that killed my daughter with his bare hands. He deserves everything he got." No one was more shocked than Cal’s attorney's, Bill Easton and Joe Cawley. Asked why he thinks the jury convicted Cal, Cawley tells Moriarty, "I don't know. I don’t. I wish I had a good answer for that."

Six of the jurors were willing to explain. To me the evidence was overwhelming," a male juror told Moriarty. "There was just so many little pieces that just come together to make the whole puzzle." They say that Cal's own actions gave him away. "Why wouldn’t you join in the search? Why wouldn't you stay home from work that day? Why wouldn't you be questioning those police saying, 'Hey, you know, let’s look here. Let’s try this, let’s do that,'" a female juror remarked. "He never did any of that."

And that little bit of blood played a big part. "If they wouldn’t have found any blood, he would have gotten away with it, I think," the male juror said. And if Michele was killed in her own home, the jurors said that eliminated the other possible suspects. "We followed the lines of evidence and beyond a reasonable doubt, we believe he did it," another female juror said.

But then, two months later - just days before Harris was to be sentenced - a new witness came forward. "I thought about it. And I say, 'You know what? Maybe you just need to step forward and tell 'em what you'd seen,'" Kevin Tubbs told Moriarty. "I think [Cal Harris] is innocent."

Tubbs, a local farmer, said six years earlier at dawn on the morning Michele disappeared, he drove past the Harris driveway and saw two vehicles. "There's a man at the back of the pickup. There's a woman at the side of the pickup. She was a blonde-haired woman. It appeared that she was crying. And it appeared that he was a little upset," he explained. "And it's a woman that I believe was Michele Harris." And the man who was with her? Tubbs described him as "a young man. He had a dark complexion. He had dark hair; he had a white T-shirt on."

But the judge believed Tubbs and threw out Cal Harris’ conviction.

District Attorney Jerry Keene vowed to prosecute him again. In the meantime, Harris was allowed to go home on bail for the next two years. Finally, in July 2009, Cal Harris once again went on trial for the murder of his wife. After a nearly three-week trial, it took the jury almost 10 hours to finally agree on a verdict. It was guilty. Again.

For Michele’s family, the verdict was bittersweet. "The kids are the ones that are going to suffer for all this, but it was Cal that did it. He’s the one that’s responsible and he needs to pay for what he’s done," said Gary Taylor. But after nine years, what they still want most is to find Michele and bury her. "I want Michele back and a little closure to this," Gary Taylor said. "And put her down with her mother and, and I'll be good."
*Much...Much....More At Link!

*Cal Harris was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He plans to appeal for a third trial.

*The four Harris children are living with Cal's aunt.

*The search for Michele's body continues.

Michele and Cal Harris with two of their four children.
http://wwwimage.cbsnews.com/images/2010/02/11/image6198744g.jpg

Michele Harris
http://wwwimage.cbsnews.com/images/2010/02/11/image6198823g.jpg

Cal Harris on the stand during his second trial for the murder of his wife, Michele.
http://wwwimage.cbsnews.com/images/2010/02/11/image6199068g.jpg

*I'll post the CBS YouTube link asap!!
Full Episode Video: A Time to Kill February 13, 2010 42:50
in Full: A mother of four vanishes from her upstate N.Y. home the day after 9/11. Was it the day for the perfect crime? Erin Moriarty reports
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6205373n&tag=api

Article:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/02/13/48hours/main6206077.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody

:angel:

Kat
07-28-2011, 01:22 PM
Cal Harris Trial: Appeal Denied

By Alice Maggiore
By Bryan Mercer

Jul 28, 2011 at 12:41 PM EDT

http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Cal-Harris-Trial-Appeal-Denied-126330028.html

cluciano63
07-28-2011, 01:31 PM
I am relieved he will not get another trial. Maybe someday he will tell where Michele is.

GGE
07-24-2012, 06:21 PM
Might someone kindly tell me how to become a verified local so that I may help with this case? I realize it is old, and I realize it is cold, but that is only more of a reason that someone needs to revitalize things. I'd love to help, but know not where to begin. Thanks!

PlainJaneDoe
12-26-2012, 07:21 PM
Sorry to be dumb, but could someone please link me to Michele's page on the Doe Network? I can't seem to find it.

GulfCoastKAT
03-01-2013, 04:29 PM
Sorry to be dumb, but could someone please link me to Michele's page on the Doe Network? I can't seem to find it.

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/h/harris_michele.html

And

http://projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=922.0

I didn't see anything on the Doe Network.

GGE
05-30-2013, 05:30 PM
http://owegopennysaver.com/index.php/2012/10/25/calvin-harris-released-on-continued-bail-while-awaiting-new-trial/

"Tioga County District Attorney Gerald Keene argued that Calvin Harris has been found guilty twice, and will probably be found guilty a third time based on credible evidence. “Therefore,” said Keene, “Calvin Harris is a flight risk.”

Keene also noted that Calvin Harris was worth $5.4 million in 2005, and probably still has enough money left to flee if he chooses to do so."

-----------------

http://www.9wsyr.com/mostpopular/story/Man-convicted-twice-of-killing-his-wife-released/CgqOjq7gTEKFLyhWqjE0SQ.cspx

"Man convicted twice of killing his wife released on bail"

"A Tioga County judge ordered that 51-year-old Calvin Harris be released on a $500,000 property bond.

The Court of Appeals last week ordered a third trial for Harris, citing errors during his previous trial that ended in a second conviction for second-degree murder."

AzPistonsGirl
05-30-2013, 06:04 PM
wow, you have got to be kidding me. Thanks GGE, for the update.

GGE
05-30-2013, 06:20 PM
No problem, this case is local for me so I usually hear about these things. Of courses if I actually got our local newspaper I'd hear more quickly, LOL, not much goes on around here though. Anyway, here's one more:

http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20130513/NEWS01/305130042/Cal-Harris-third-murder-trial-likely-start-early-fall

" Owego businessman Calvin Harris, twice convicted of murdering his estranged wife and twice freed, may face a third trial as soon as October."

"The first conviction was was set aside and a new trial ordered when a local farmer came forward after the verdict and said he thought he saw Michele Harris with an unidentified man hours after the prosecution said Harris killed his wife.

After a jury again found Harris guilty in 2009, New York’s highest court — the state Court of Appeals — in October 2012 reversed that conviction as well due to apparent trial errors. A third trial was ordered.

Deliberations over the next few months are likely to center on questions about where the third trial should be held.

Defense attorney Bruce Barket, who is a partner in the Garden City, N.Y.-based firm that is representing Harris, noted that the Court of Appeals “strongly suggested” in its October 2012 decision that the venue should be changed for the third trial.

Well yeah because 84% of us county residents voted that he not get another trial, but rather just be stuck with the ones he's already been found guilty at.

I guess if you have $5.4 million you get to keep on having "do-overs" until they find you not guilty.

(sorry that's all IMHO and whatnot)

GGE
07-08-2013, 09:09 PM
http://owegopennysaver.com/index.php/2013/05/14/tentative-trial-for-calvin-harris-set-for-oct-7/

"The third murder trial for Calvin Harris, of Spencer, N.Y., is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 7 [2013] in Tioga County Court."

<snip>

"Since his arrest in 2005, Harris has been tried and convicted twice of second degree murder. Both convictions were overturned on appeal."

more at link

I may attend just for the fun of it. I've been there before, probably in the same court room. Maybe I'll even get jury duty! LOL doubtful. Following a case on WS probably auto-excludes you.

GGE
12-21-2013, 12:07 AM
http://owegopennysaver.com/index.php/2013/09/07/calvin-harris-hearing-postponed-until-january/

"Calvin Harris, the Tioga County businessman that has been convicted twice of murdering his wife, Michele Harris, was expected to return to court Friday to begin the process of a third trial. Calvin Harris’ second conviction was overturned by the State Court of Appeals, and a new trial scheduled. That trial is now being postponed.

<snip>

It was unknown, at the time of this report [dated September 7, 2013], why Friday’s procedure was adjourned, but it has been reported that Calvin Harris’ attorney, William Easton, is requesting a change of venue. The third trial is expected to be scheduled some time after January of next year."

It has already been twelve years and change since Michele was murdered.. it's beyond time for the person responsible to be behind bars for the rest of his life. Praying someone finds her body between now and whenever he goes back to court so that this time is the last, one way or another (guilty or innocent).

Angels_Not_Forgotten
02-19-2014, 12:52 AM
Bump

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Blondie in Spokane
03-07-2014, 03:45 PM
Children of woman who went missing 13 years ago appeal for new clues as their father faces THIRD trial for her murder

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2575368/Children-woman-went-missing-13-years-ago-set-tip-line-dad-faces-THIRD-trial-murder.html

Jmoose
03-07-2014, 03:49 PM
Most people convicted of murder never win their appeal for a new trial-and this man has won two appeals. That is quite remarkable to me! Does he have the right kind of friends, or what?

Blondie in Spokane
06-06-2014, 09:25 PM
N.Y. businessman Cal Harris to be tried third time for allegedly murdering wife
Michele Harris disappeared in 2001 in upstate New York. Two guilty verdicts against her husband were overturned on appeal.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/upstate-n-y-businessman-cal-harris-time-killing-wife-article-1.1820329

mikkismom
06-09-2014, 12:46 PM
48 Hours: The trials of Cal Harris

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/48-hours-the-trials-of-cal-harris/

mikkismom
06-09-2014, 12:48 PM
48 Hours: The trials of Cal Harris

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/48-hours-the-trials-of-cal-harris/

Blondie in Spokane
06-13-2014, 01:01 AM
Eyes for Lies re 48 Hours: Cal and Michele Harris

http://www.eyesforlies.com/blog/2014/06/48-hours-cal-michele-harris/

katydid23
06-13-2014, 01:03 AM
I am on the fence with this one. I thought it was the husband, at first. But that 48 hrs makes me wonder. She did have a few other boyfriends and things were messy with a few of them.

And the kids are totally supporting the father. So ?

seattlechiquita
01-07-2015, 12:45 PM
Trial numero 3 was supposed to start today and I cannot find a thing.... :waiting:

cluciano63
01-07-2015, 11:47 PM
http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/public-safety/2014/12/05/cal-harris-trial-delay/19966367/

Next trial delayed until later in January.

OkieGranny
01-19-2015, 02:28 AM
http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/2015/01/19/cal-harris-trial-pushed-back-day/21981803/


Jury selection in the second-degree murder trial is now scheduled to begin Thursday at 9:30 a.m., according to an email from F. Christian Spies, chief clerk at Schoharie County Courts.

This is the third time in recent months the trial has been postponed.

OkieGranny
01-21-2015, 01:04 AM
http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Cal-Harris-jury-selection-pushed-back-a-day-289179661.html


Accused murderer Cal Harris may have to wait yet again for his third trial to begin in Schoharie County Court, as he continues to argue against the media's full ability to cover the case.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Thursday in Schoharie County Court, but if a decision isn't made during hearings Wednesday, the trial could be further delayed.

FragileSugar
01-22-2015, 10:23 AM
Did Cal Harris Kill His Wife? Third Jury to Decide Father's Fate (https://gma.yahoo.com/did-cal-harris-kill-wife-third-jury-decide-033018488--abc-news-topstories.html)

Cal Harris is a man who knows what it feels like to be in the fight of his life. The millionaire upstate New York father of four who has been tried twice before for the 2001 killing of his wife, is back in court as jury selection in his third trial begins this week.

seattlechiquita
01-22-2015, 06:34 PM
Jury selection is ON

http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Jury-selection-in-Cal-Harris-trial-289454521.html

OkieGranny
01-27-2015, 04:23 PM
http://www.timesjournalonline.com/details.asp?id=93268


Ten jurors have been seated for the Schoharie County trial of Owego businessman Calvin Harris, charged and convicted twice in the 2001 murder of his wife, Michele.

Jury selection began Thursday and was adjourned Tuesday because of the expected snowstorm.

That leaves four more jurors and an undetermined number of alternates to be picked in what Judge George Bartlett has said will likely be a six to eight week trial.

OkieGranny
02-03-2015, 10:16 PM
Finally finalizing the jury:

http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/crime/cal-harris/2015/02/03/harris-murder-trial-opening/22824347/


The start of Calvin Harris' murder trial has been delayed until Thursday in Schoharie County Court...

Schoharie County Judge George Bartlett estimates the trial will span six to eight weeks.

OkieGranny
02-09-2015, 10:46 AM
Opening statements begin today:

http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/crime/cal-harris/2015/02/09/cal-harris-defense-opening/23108143/

OkieGranny
02-10-2015, 06:18 PM
http://www.binghamtonhomepage.com/story/d/story/testimony-begins-in-harris-trial/20943/1AU69-8DfEGYSIiDYr5OwQ


The prosecution gave their opening statements last week, which defense lawyer Donna Aldea picked apart Tuesday in Schoharie County Court.

Aldea said that while Harris and Michelle, his wife he is accused of killing in 2001, had problems, they weren't unlike any other strained marriage. She also said the police never pursued other suspects, and that because neither a body nor a weapon were ever found, there is no real proof Harris was the killer.

BritDees
02-10-2015, 10:29 PM
I just read an article with the nanny's testimony. She said she watched the kids for Michelle when she went to work on Sept. 11, 2001, until CH came home. Then was called by CH the next morning to come back and help get the kids ready for school as Michelle hadn't come home. However, Michelle's van was there the next day. I'm assuming it wasn't there when the nanny left so how did it get back there if Michelle never returned?

http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Judge-denies-motion-for-a-mistrial-291398021.html

BritDees
02-10-2015, 10:38 PM
I live in this area and remember thinking when I heard of her missing that the date was just too convenient. Just a gut feeling but it's stuck with me all these years.

Jennibee
02-12-2015, 04:17 PM
Most people convicted of murder never win their appeal for a new trial-and this man has won two appeals. That is quite remarkable to me! Does he have the right kind of friends, or what?

He is very wealthy so can afford a good defence team.


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ColonelMustard
02-14-2015, 06:34 AM
http://www.pressconnects.com/topic/11009365-4337-41bb-9eb8-4162b9c54dfe/cal-harris-trial/

The link, above, has a lot of on-going information, day-by-day analysis, audio podcasts, and videos about his 3rd trial.

OkieGranny
02-24-2015, 10:16 PM
http://www.wbng.com/news/local/A-look-into-the-search-for-Michele-Harris--293929891.html


A large search was conducted on Harris' property in the town of Spencer, Empire Lake and beyond, on Sept. 13-14, 2001. Leading the search was now-retired forest ranger Terry Figery... He said 139 people, including New York State Police, divers, dogs, volunteers and more, searched for Michele for a combined 931 hours those two days... "Nothing was found to give any direction on where she may be," Figery told the court.

In November, the NYSP recalled now-retired forest ranger Norman Jenson for an additional search of parts of the same land. Jenson testified on Nov. 14-15, 2001, approximately 60 people searched parts of the Harris property and land to the west side of Empire Lake again...

During cross examination, the defense pointed out that, according to tax maps, not all of the Harris' land was searched. Jenson testified these were the only areas the NYSP asked the forest rangers to search.

OkieGranny
02-26-2015, 03:05 PM
http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/crime/cal-harris/2015/02/25/michele-harris-boyfriend-testifies-murder-trial/24023763/


Brian Earley met Michele Harris in the fall of 2000 at a bar in Nichols, Tioga County. At that time, Earley, 23, was visiting from Philadelphia to go hunting with family and friends. Michele was a 35-year-old mother of four.

Their relationship progressed quickly, including weekend getaways to the Poconos in northeastern Pennsylvania. Earley moved to Tioga County in the summer of 2001, after securing a laborer job at a Vestal steel fabrication shop... On Wednesday, Earley recalled the last time he saw her.

They met at his apartment a little after 9 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, he said. She had just finished her waitress shift at Lefty's, a Waverly restaurant. Around 11 p.m., Earley said, he walked Michele back to her van. He told jurors: "I gave her a kiss goodbye and she drove off." Michele's van was found at 7 a.m. the next morning...

MsFacetious
02-26-2015, 04:25 PM
I am on the fence with this one. I thought it was the husband, at first. But that 48 hrs makes me wonder. She did have a few other boyfriends and things were messy with a few of them.

And the kids are totally supporting the father. So ?

Remember though... Drew Peterson's kids totally support him as well.... :dunno:

Blondie in Spokane
03-15-2015, 03:12 AM
Husband Faces 3rd Murder Trial in 2001 Disappearance of Wife

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/husband-faces-3rd-murder-trial-2001-disappearance-wife-29637922?source=hp

Jewels53
03-30-2015, 10:37 AM
Julianne Peixoto ‏@JulianneWBNG 1h1 hour ago New York, USA
8th week of testimony begins today in #CalHarrisTrial

Boodles
03-30-2015, 12:12 PM
I so wish this trial was live streamed. I'm so afraid this guy may get off...

Jewels53
03-30-2015, 01:58 PM
Hi Boodles :seeya:

I would post the tweets but I am in and out so much that I don't have the time.

OkieGranny
04-03-2015, 04:47 AM
http://thedailyreview.com/news/prosecution-rests-in-calvin-harris-murder-case-1.1857759


After eight long weeks in Schoharie County, the prosecution rested on Wednesday morning after presenting close to 50 witnesses in the third trial of Calvin Harris, who was charged and convicted twice of murdering his wife, Michele Harris.

Minasmom
05-04-2015, 11:27 PM
Looks like it's before the jury now.

luckyseven
05-06-2015, 11:58 AM
Verdict awaited as Harris jury deliberates fifth day (http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/crime/cal-harris/2015/05/06/verdict-awaited-harris-jury-deliberates-fifth-day/70884298/)
11:35 a.m. EDT May 6, 2015

snip

On Tuesday, a declaration from jurors that they were deadlocked showed their first sign of division over the guilt or innocence of Cal Harris, 53, who is accused of killing his estranged wife, Michele Harris, on Sept. 11, 2001.

Since Thursday, deliberations have spanned about 16 hours.

Schoharie Judge George Bartlett on Tuesday urged jurors to continue their task of deciding the Spencer man's fate and reach a unanimous verdict.

Martin's case rests largely on circumstantial evidence. That includes small traces of blood spatter, some of which the district attorney has linked with Michele Harris' DNA.

tabinmaine
05-06-2015, 08:55 PM
Day #5, the jury is deadlocked

Boodles
05-06-2015, 09:14 PM
They are still deliberating, per the judge's Allen charge. They reconvene tomorrow afternoon. I hope this creep gets convicted AGAIN. But he's hell-bent on getting away with murder. And he's so resourceful. :mad:

Tripod
05-08-2015, 02:02 AM
The jury has been deliberating for 6 days now. Tomorrow is day #7, although they will deliberate from 9:15 until noon due to juror appointments. I'm surprised this hasn't been "covered' on WS more.

Boodles
05-09-2015, 10:16 AM
"Cal Harris, a Tioga County businessman, is facing his third trial for second-degree murder in the alleged killing of his estranged wife, Michele, on Sept. 11, 2001. The case was transferred to Schoharie County Court.Photo: SIMON WHEELER / STAFF PHOTO"
http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/crime/cal-harris/2015/02/11/cal-harris-testimony-resumes/23229359/

This arrogant SOB killed his (four) children's mother. Honestly, I believe he would do anything, including jury tampering, to remain out of prison. And his kids stand by him (I don't blame them; they are victims of his influence and control). He's the most disgusting piece of carp ever. And "everybody knows he did it."

Queen Bee
05-09-2015, 10:24 AM
Judge: Cal Harris deliberations at a 'critical stage'

http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/crime/cal-harris/2015/05/08/cal-harris-murder-trial/26971885/

SCHOHARIE – The judge in the murder trial for Cal Harris sent jurors home Friday without a verdict in hand, reminding them they are in a "critical stage" of their deliberations.

The jury has deliberated for 28 1/2 hours over seven days in Schoharie County Court. On Friday, there were no signs that jurors were near a unanimous decision on Harris, 53, who is accused of killing his estranged wife, Michele, on Sept 11, 2001.

cluciano63
05-09-2015, 11:00 AM
He absolutely killed her, Imo. All about the money, as they were divorcing. My parents were friends with his parents for decades and I remember seeing his father soon after the charges came the first time, before he died. He looked like his life was already over, poor man. The family is quite prominent for this small county and very wealthy. And the property is huge...she could easily have been disposed of there. Jmo

Queen Bee
05-10-2015, 11:48 PM
:bump:

the jury has deliberated for 28 1/2 hours and will begin their 9th day of deliberations Monday morning........

jojo87
05-13-2015, 07:08 PM
Been following this for some time now. I think this jury has deadlocked twice and been sent back in to deliberate.
http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Tenth-day-of-jury-deliberations-cut-short-in-Cal-Harris-murder-trial-303600291.html

Queen Bee
05-13-2015, 07:45 PM
Been following this for some time now. I think this jury has deadlocked twice and been sent back in to deliberate.
http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Tenth-day-of-jury-deliberations-cut-short-in-Cal-Harris-murder-trial-303600291.html
thanks for the update jojo.......from your link:

The jury has deliberated for about 43 and a half hours over 10 days in this trial so far.

The jury will reconvene for an eleventh day of deliberations at 9:15 a.m. Thursday.
----------

wow........so now the question is how long can this go on? and at what point will the judge call it? and will the prosecutor go for round four, if necessary? unbelievable!

luckyseven
05-15-2015, 02:14 PM
Jury dismissed, deadlocked.

http://www.stargazette.com/story/news/crime/cal-harris/2015/05/15/cal-harris-murder-verdict/26118129/

jojo87
05-15-2015, 08:28 PM
Another mistrial ...

http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/crime/cal-harris/2015/05/15/cal-harris-murder-verdict/26118129/

THIRD CAL HARRIS MURDER TRIAL
ENDS IN MISTRIAL

Eleven weeks of
testimony.
Eleven days of jury
deliberations.
And in the end, no verdict.
On Friday, nearly four months
after jury selection began, the
third murder trial for 53-year-
old Cal Harris ended in a
mistrial after the jury asserted
for a fourth and final time that
its members could not reach a
unanimous decision.
The judge's decision to declare
a mistrial followed 52 hours of
jury deliberations over whether
Harris killed his estranged wife,
Michele Harris, on Sept. 11,
2001.
On Friday, Judge George
Bartlett scheduled an Aug. 12
conference in Schoharie County
Court to potentially set a fourth
trial date for Cal Harris.

(hope I posted this ok am I meant to write snipped? If so then snipped)

Doesn't look like they are going to get a jury to agree on this at all.

Queen Bee
05-15-2015, 09:05 PM
Another mistrial ...

http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/crime/cal-harris/2015/05/15/cal-harris-murder-verdict/26118129/

THIRD CAL HARRIS MURDER TRIAL
ENDS IN MISTRIAL

Eleven weeks of
testimony.
Eleven days of jury
deliberations.
And in the end, no verdict.
On Friday, nearly four months
after jury selection began, the
third murder trial for 53-year-
old Cal Harris ended in a
mistrial after the jury asserted
for a fourth and final time that
its members could not reach a
unanimous decision.
The judge's decision to declare
a mistrial followed 52 hours of
jury deliberations over whether
Harris killed his estranged wife,
Michele Harris, on Sept. 11,
2001.
On Friday, Judge George
Bartlett scheduled an Aug. 12
conference in Schoharie County
Court to potentially set a fourth
trial date for Cal Harris.

(hope I posted this ok am I meant to write snipped? If so then snipped)

Doesn't look like they are going to get a jury to agree on this at all.

thank you jojo..........so the jury had no comment and wouldn't disclose their divide.......i'm so nosy, i want to know! i'm glad the prosecutor isn't quitting.......looks like round four will be coming up! don't get comfy cal.......sooner or later......you're going down!

Boodles
05-17-2015, 03:40 PM
I'm so curious to know the jury split! I hope it's revealed soon. Maybe someone will speak after having a chance to decompress over the weekend.

gajonka
05-30-2015, 12:25 AM
Dear Friends:

I had just spent an hour composing a long narrative about this case. Was editing when my browser flashed and I lost it all. I will try to re-do it- as it is, I feel, of considerable value, and can help the state turn things around... because the trend is heading the wrong direction.

Wouldn't;t it be nice if - like gmail, when a composition is being prepared - the site can auto save it - so that a draft is generated... I Ma so frustrated - this happens all the time. I will be back!

-G

bessie
05-30-2015, 01:48 AM
Hi, Gajonka.

The post efitor does auto save your post every so many minutes. I'm posting from my phone now, so I can't see it. But somewhere in the edit screen -- I think it's underneath -- you should see an option to restore auto saved reply, words to that effect.

gajonka
05-31-2015, 01:45 AM
Well, an hour wasted a few days ago nights ago- on a long composition... now I am back and I am going to try and bring it all together - I will trim some fat and get right to it.

Discomfort, anguish, misery, suffering torment, agony, anguish - all of these feelings compiled in just four seconds. I had just finished watching the new ADA address the crowd assembled outside the court house. He stumbled his words, which were incoherent, and did not fit with what he may have been trying to convey, and his physical posture -more harrowing than anything else. A jury needs to be able to stand behind someone - a prosecutor who is polished, well spoken, and who has a clear, strict, explicit message. The ADA for this case- and as with any case- must display - immediately- in both physical delivery, and through her spoken vocabulary and nomenclature, the qualities of a leader. The ADA on this case made me cringe- and I only received 4-6 seconds of time. I can only attempt to dismiss the thoughts of what a multi-week trial looked like on his side of the court room. I am sure he has little organization, and based upon the sample I received, there is absolutely no way he came across as a professional leader who represented the truth. It may not be coincidence this rookie ADA received this specific assignment... after all... this is the trial of Cal Harris... the generous, upstanding citizen who has given generously over the past five years to improve the municipal facilities that desperately needed the $500k+ he most likely has donated for their benefit. He's no dummy... he knows how to play the game. In return, the case is assigned to the new, sixth string ADA, fresh with no experience... it is purely random, only coincidence... after all, isn't it only fitting as coincidence, accommodation, and opportune moments play key roles in this case.


OVERTURE

This is not good. Here's a look at the trend we have seen as the Cal Harris Murder of his wife Michele's case has evolved:

guilty - overturn- guilty- overturn- **NEW VENUE** Deadlock - ______ ? ________. There is a trend here, and it is not one that favors the state.

This could only be the truth. Cal Harris has beaten two convictions... no wonder why he mumbles and studders his favorite words so many times: me, me, my, me , my, my , me, me I, I < I < I, I , I...


Here's a look at the evidence and those areas where, IMO, additional work must be done. It's all here- so the state need not reference its absence.

Haves and Have-Nots and 9/11: Cal Harris is the only man w/ the motive. The couple had reached the final steps - the measures that would legally cement them as equals. Like in Robin Williams’ “Popeye” Cal’s head would sizzle red when Michele got him angry- he would perform his impressive impression of the Rice Krispy's commercial- because he goes SNAP, CRACKLE, POP when irate... and nothing pissed him off more than her calling in an independent appraiser to gauge the value of his auto dealership businesses. She was Mrs. Harris- and with a divorce – she would get her fair share – this would be cemented – just a few more days, now Cal played his cool – but he displayed a tinged permanent shade of red which sourced from his skull – he was hot.

Hypothetical
"How dare she>? Who does she think she is? Doesn’t she realize that I was her boss when we met- she ran and fetched my coffee and got her shine box out and shined my shoes! Of course she was beautiful and I fell in love with her- and actually married her, but no…. no.. no… no..”

And so it goes- Cal could not accept this peasant girl taking 50% of his assets. Mother of his 4 kids or no mother, if she is going to leave – she is going to pay the ultimate price.
“I made her. I gave her this chance,” and snap crackle, pop Cal went.
This draws parallels to the Dupont murder of Dave Schultz. DuPont, who had already finished up on his little brother, years before by humiliating him, and effectively referring to him as a worthless, meaningless failure, was about to do the same for Dave Schultz. These are events that occur when you mix the haves with the have-nots. The haves will always remember that they created a space where the have nots could ascend and flourish. They have created their (fankenstein’s) monster, and it is their right, as if only a piece of property, that they be dealt with personally, behind closed doors, without any outside interference.
There is no way Cal was going to let Michele leave and cut his net worth in half. With 9/11, the opportunity arrived. Local law enforcement would be commissioned to nyc to assist- a massive statewide cal for help. There would be a lapse in response time, it would be chaos on top of chaos. The perfect murder.

The Tubbs Code: More work needs to be performed here. What was he driving on 9/11 – an old beat up f-150? What did he drive over the course of the next 5 years? Check his personal bank accounts – his assets- look closely for some kind of spike in his net worth. Heck his wife’s accounts, his relatives accounts – is there an injection of liquidity? He needs to be examined – thoroughly. Two days of questioning – at a minimum. If he is an eagle scout then bring everyone/ or if inadmissible, have him discuss, in his own words -his stellar track record and rise to success within the eagle scout ranks. If he is not an eagle scout- then let’s spend those two days finding out what he is – what he is about. Short and sweet: His virtual production of an alibi- in such a shady, slimy manner – it must be ripped to shreds- find out everything about him. There is something wrong here- and if perhaps money advances his fancy- then I am sure there are OTHER tales involving his needs. A Tub Gurnard is a fat, husky fish, these scavengers need to be snagged, netted, slammed to the board, and fileted up nicely.. the guts come out of this fish... leaving only the meat. [perhaps an estranged relative will talk – or an ex girlfriend/bf.

The Car: A keystone of the state’s case. Who, after learning his wife is missing but her car is parked at the end of the driveway,door open, decides that first and foremost- the car must be cleaned. Evidence inside the car could lead to developments surrounding what happened to her. Cal buries this immediately- and the car gets a Harris Special. If a jury cannot accept this as an act of cover-up, then they should just let the recently turned philanthropist to local law enforcement and judicial needs ... just let him walk out free now... as he currently is doing now- on bail. I laughed at his weak statement demanding Michele's family and local LE change their minds about him - the real killer is out there!!! Ya, know, the guy w/ no motive! The state, regardless of how they introduced this evidence last time[ through the maid, who I like] they need to re-transform its introduction- and make it more than just a car cleaning… this is a malicious act designed to turn evidence into noting more than that which once was.

The Blood: Another keystone – if the state cannot impress upon these jurors that Michele’s blood splatter means Cal must answer for his actions, then we should all go over to Cal’s and celebrate.

The 48 Hours Interview: Never have I ever witnessed someone speak the way Cal spoke. He entered the Guinness book of world records after that interview for using the words me, my and I with the greatest frequency in a designated time span. Sociopathic behavior- have a look at the interview – it is compelling. Cal is acting like a guilty man, not an innocent one.

Cal No Call: Who does not dial their wife during drama like this? Cal’s slimy defense team is doing what it can, making up lies and trying to define the call the maid made – to Cal. Well, they better, because this is yet another keystone the state needs to drill into each jurors skull. The state needs to begin a new project – begin due diligence that will produce and isolate all communication from Cal to Michele – calls and texts from 98 99 00 to 01. Break it down into 4 hour intervals. A series of patterns will develop. Sure, we will even see the decline since divorce does that- but still, we will have a good average/population set during the 9 months of September to determine what takes place- every 4 hours, as it concerns cal’s calls and texts to Michele. We will see an outlier – and the state needs to conduct the due dili and obtain that outlier – and show it to the jury- because , imo, it will show them that cal broke his usual method, as he was facing special circumstance.


EPILOGUE

I hope I was able to compose something that includes all the points raised in my first vanishing draft. I still feel as if that first cut remains superior. The state needs to get Michele’s dad on the stand, and her side of the family- they need to open up and give this jury a grip on how much of an egomaniac he is. He will have his kids behind him, and that is what is giving him the edge, along with, imo, the money he is spending which has afforded him, imo, quite possibly the worst state ada in the country or perhaps simply only most unqualified.. The state will need to neutralize this power- dilute that intense, powerful image of the kids crying behind their father. All of the evidence is here [ well, at least some of it is-(smile)]. We need a leader, a woman/man/ada of composure, tact, organization, and charm/chrisma to convince this jury they have no other choice,,,,that to acquit cal harris is the same as helping him hide the body. With three trials in the books I am sure there are pages and pages of restrictions that are currently hamstringing this case for the state, who knows it could be sufficient enough to make a win impossible for the state. Even though the deadlock speaks volumes about the overall trend taking place, I will vouch for the state of New York, and say that New Yorkers are not fools… they are going to get this right… they just need to consume this evidence correctly.

Thanks so much for the chance to write this!

Love you-always.

-The Gajonka

"I'm back!"
See you in the clinky clink cal!

gajonka
05-31-2015, 12:46 PM
Hi, Bessie!

a-ha! "auto save" very nice! EVen better than the google feature- snappier!

Thanks, love ya,
-G

Jennibee
06-01-2015, 08:00 AM
Gajonka; that was amazing.


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Tripod
06-02-2015, 02:32 AM
I can say the jury was widely split. It was never close. My husband was one of the jurors. I couldn't say anything previously, of course. It was a very long, hard slog and glad it's over, for now. From what I do know, I and husband do not think there should be a 4th trial. There was just never evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, period.

Tripod
06-02-2015, 02:45 AM
I appreciate the amount of time you've taken to put your thoughts here. My husband was one of the jurors on this last trial. I don't have time right now, but would like to reread your post and make a couple of comments. Just one correction, but a big one. Michelle Harris's minivan was never cleaned and detailed by Cal Harris before the police took it for testing. They were extremely thorough in their testing of the van and found nothing at all. Meaning no blood evidence and cadaver dogs found no scents either, nor in Cal's truck or the ATV at the house.

Tripod
06-02-2015, 02:57 AM
Gajonka, one more quick comment from me. I've rarely posted, so not too familiar with things here, especially since the website changes. This jury DID get it right, to the very best of their ability. There was no hope of ever getting a unanimous verdict, and following the letter of the law and the judge's charge to the jury, in reality a "guilty" verdict could never stand. The prosecution's case from the very beginning has been very weak, to say the least. A number of sharp legal minds have agreed to that over the years.

Queen Bee
06-02-2015, 02:51 PM
I can say the jury was widely split. It was never close. My husband was one of the jurors. I couldn't say anything previously, of course. It was a very long, hard slog and glad it's over, for now. From what I do know, I and husband do not think there should be a 4th trial. There was just never evidence beyond a reasonable doubt, period.thank you for the info tripod.......i will say that usually a prosecutor will go by the split when evaluating whether to retry a case, that's my experience anyway.......if the prosecution is aware of the wide split, they may reconsider.......or maybe they think, hey we're in for a penny, in for a pound........we're going for it.......guess we'll have to wait and see.....

would you mind asking your husband if the prosecution talked with them afterwards? are they aware of the wide divide to his knowledge? tia :seeya:

oh and btw i admire your restraint...........i'd have been dying to say something :D

gajonka
06-02-2015, 11:31 PM
Gajonka, one more quick comment from me. I've rarely posted, so not too familiar with things here, especially since the website changes. This jury DID get it right, to the very best of their ability. There was no hope of ever getting a unanimous verdict, and following the letter of the law and the judge's charge to the jury, in reality a "guilty" verdict could never stand. The prosecution's case from the very beginning has been very weak, to say the least. A number of sharp legal minds have agreed to that over the years.



Thanks, Tripod!!

Okay- so on 48 hours, the maid stated that when she met with Cal at the head of the driveway's entrance - she states that "he immediately remarked about how messy the car was and that he was going to send it to one of his shops for to get cleaned immediately."
Is this incorrect?

Forgive me, your husband has the best perspective as he has seen the evidence, so I can only speculate (smile).

It sounds to me like you believe Cal's story. Who, other than Cal, would have any interest in killing Michele? I can agree with a possible hit, since Cal has demonstrated an ability to pay people off as he did Tubbs, IMO.

The evidence shows he mocked Michele, putting her down for being just an entry level secretary who should be grateful to Cal for giving her this life of wealth, acres of land, cars-plenty of cars-parking lots full!
One witness claimed he jabbed "you were born in tioga springs, and you are going to die in tioga springs."

So we have a disturbing scenario- the poor, meak, secretary decides she will not stand for his adultery, and psychotic tendencies. She proceeds to pursue an amicable split ( divorce=insult#1) until she rejects Cal's "number" the figure he feels is what she will get (offer rebuff= insult#2). She brings in an appraiser to value the properties(insult #3). Finally, beet red, Cal submits. "Sure, okay, tell her to come by and sign the paperwork with the number she wants next week."

This appears to be the scenario that has built up and represents a viable motive for Cal.

Wow- your husband must have experienced a fascinating trial. I agree, 14 years later, the more time this goes, the more likely Cal will walk. You sound too confident that he should remain free, Tripod. Please elucidate and help us see your pov.

Thanks for writing!

Love ya,
'

-G

Dushi
06-03-2015, 01:34 PM
I have a great deal of reading to do, but I need to post this before I forget

Tioga County District Attorney Gerald Keene told juries in 2007 and 2009 that the evidence shows that between 11 p.m. Sept. 11 and 7 a.m. Sept. 12, Calvin Harris struck the mother of his children as she entered the home and incapacitated her.

As Michele fell to the garage floor, Keene maintained, her husband's attack sent tiny specks of blood around the garage doorway. After allegedly killing her, Calvin Harris allegedly disposed of her body and weapon in the span of less than eight hours.

http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/crime/cal-harris/2014/08/19/cal-harris-what-happened/13998133/


If LE feels she was killed in the house, why was her truck left in the driveway near the road?

Dushi
06-03-2015, 02:45 PM
At about 6 a.m., Waverly resident John Steele also was driving along Hagadorn Hill Road. He and a friend, unsettled by the terrorist attacks, had spent the night driving around and talking about their lives. As his truck passed 381 Hagadorn Hill Road, Steele also saw a truck at the end of the driveway.

"Get in the car, just get in the damn car," Steele thought he heard the man say, listening through the slightly open passenger window of his truck.

Steele died shortly after offering a written account of what he had seen, and his statement was not offered as evidence to either of the two juries that convicted Calvin Harris of murdering his wife.


http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/crime/cal-harris/2014/08/19/cal-harris-what-happened/13998133/


Between 5:30 and 6, Kevin Tubbs, a 23-year-old farmer, was driving his 10-foot-wide hay trailer north on Hagadorn Hill. He drove slowly because his vehicle lacked brakes, and he noticed something unusual.

An SUV was parked at the end of the driveway, and a pickup truck, black or dark blue, was parked behind it, perpendicular to Hagadorn Hill Road.

Dushi
06-03-2015, 02:46 PM
Did Mr Steele give a description of the man he saw?

gajonka
06-05-2015, 04:36 AM
Yay! Dushi!
An honor-always...

Good point... I mean, they should have left the possibility open that he was waiting for her at the driveway entrance... in his vehicle would be too obvious. Perhaps he arranged the garbage cans ( it was a Wednesday) to blocke free access, forcing her to exit the vehicle... then, he pounces from the bushes across the street and uses a tire iron or hammer or something.

There's a lot to be learned from how poorly this case has been managed by the state. Miserable.

Dushi
06-08-2015, 10:14 AM
Didn't the man own a car dealership?
I would assume he had access to many vehicles

Tripod
06-09-2015, 01:50 AM
I'm so sorry I haven't been back on WS since my posts! Life got in the way, lol. To answer your question, as far as I know, neither the prosecution or the defense has spoken to any of the jurors. I don't see how they could possibly have known of the split, because even the judge did not ask the jurors that question. I do know the defense attorney, Bruce Barkett, wanted to speak to the jurors immediately afterwards but the judge did not allow it then. Right decision, IMO, because they were all very tired and just wanted to go home.

Tripod
06-09-2015, 02:03 AM
The prosecutors during the trial contended that Cal Harris moved Michelle's van from the house ( or garage ) down to the end of the driveway after killing her. From my personal point of view, I just have a little trouble with that. Since her keys, cell phone and purse were all in the minivan, it would seem to me that if Michelle did get home as the police and prosecutors have surmised, I'd think she would have taken her purse and cell phone with her when she got out of the vehicle after parking it up by the house or in the garage. Cal would have had to have been thinking very clearly in order to have placed those things back into her van and deciding that parking the van out by the road was the best thing for him to do. If he did kill her, my thought is that he snapped and it wasn't a carefully planned event. If he'd planned ahead of time to murder his wife, wouldn't he have come up with a better plan at least as the placement of her vehicle was concerned?

DexterMorgan
06-09-2015, 02:09 AM
I thought she had a new boyfriend or met up with someone at the bar. Didnt a neighbor see her arguing with someone on the street.

She could have told them that she is going to get back with her hubby and they killed her.

But that is brazen to have a male in front your house while hubby is home.

That is motive 101.

So idk if hubby did it or not.

Tripod
06-09-2015, 02:20 AM
Gajonka, again, sorry it's taken me so long to get back on WS and reply. Sure, everybody can agree that there certainly appeared to be a motive for Cal Harris to dispose of his wife. As the trial judge made clear, though, proving a motive does NOT prove intent. You could say her one boyfriend, who fell in love and wanted to marry her, could also have had motive. Michelle did not feel the same about him as he did her. She was sleeping with more than one man at a time and was not leading a completely upstanding life, shall we say? Cal Harris had a temper, which was not disputed at all during trial. Michelle kept some secrets even from her best friends. There is some valuable missing jewelry. There are other things that jurors never were allowed to hear. What you quoted above was one witness's testimony as to what supposedly Michelle may have told them. From all reports, they loved each other very much in the earlier years and always wanted to be with each other.
My husband and I are pretty much both on the same page at this point. Yes, Cal could have and might have killed Michelle, but there is also a decent chance that he did not. There is more than enough reasonable doubt to go around. The blood evidence is really all the prosecution has, and that evidence did not convince a single juror.
I just wanted to add that there are many things jurors heard and saw that we didn't, too!

Tripod
06-09-2015, 02:38 AM
As a juror, my husband would agree that the prosecution's case is very weak. He, and I, believe that a 4th trial would also likely end in a deadlocked jury. There's the old saying that "it's better to let a guilty man go free than convict an innocent man." I think both families have been through enough, and that no matter what outcome a 4th trial might have, there will always be a mystery in this case as to what exactly happened to Michelle Harris?
One can say there needs to be justice for Michelle, and that would be ideal, if absolute guilt could ever be known. There was never any evidence that Cal Harris paid off farmer Tubbs, there's the second witness that also saw what Tubbs claims he saw ( the one who died), and Michelle was about to accept Cal's divorce settlement offer and move on. My husband said it appeared that the money settlement would not be a hardship for Cal.
Do I think Cal Harris should remain free? Right now, I'd have to say yes. You know, when I watched the 48 HRS. show, I was fully prepared to view him as the killer, but at show's end, I said to myself, "Hmmmm.. I'm not at all sure he did do it." I had doubt, and that's all a jury needs.

gajonka
06-12-2015, 09:47 PM
There's no proof of a male being there - clearly a fabrication by the defense - Michele knew how psychotic Cal is - she would never bring one of her boys over there. Recall, Tubbs was not a neighbor, and he was not a witness... until the last second,,, either the day before the trial began or even during proceedings. Cal realized, IMO, that the deck was stacked against him, having hid the ody perfectly, this still would not secure him safety. To keep an edge, he buys Tubbs, who comes up with an incredible story that - is so perfect for Cal, it must be scrutinized. Where was he when the pre-trial, news, and EVERYTHING regarding this story occurred? Why does he show up so late in the process? There's a reason for that...

Boodles
06-12-2015, 10:08 PM
The prosecutors during the trial contended that Cal Harris moved Michelle's van from the house ( or garage ) down to the end of the driveway after killing her. From my personal point of view, I just have a little trouble with that. Since her keys, cell phone and purse were all in the minivan, it would seem to me that if Michelle did get home as the police and prosecutors have surmised, I'd think she would have taken her purse and cell phone with her when she got out of the vehicle after parking it up by the house or in the garage. Cal would have had to have been thinking very clearly in order to have placed those things back into her van and deciding that parking the van out by the road was the best thing for him to do. If he did kill her, my thought is that he snapped and it wasn't a carefully planned event. If he'd planned ahead of time to murder his wife, wouldn't he have come up with a better plan at least as the placement of her vehicle was concerned?

The charge was second degree murder.

Boodles
06-12-2015, 10:13 PM
Gajonka, again, sorry it's taken me so long to get back on WS and reply. Sure, everybody can agree that there certainly appeared to be a motive for Cal Harris to dispose of his wife. As the trial judge made clear, though, proving a motive does NOT prove intent. You could say her one boyfriend, who fell in love and wanted to marry her, could also have had motive. Michelle did not feel the same about him as he did her. She was sleeping with more than one man at a time and was not leading a completely upstanding life, shall we say? Cal Harris had a temper, which was not disputed at all during trial. Michelle kept some secrets even from her best friends. There is some valuable missing jewelry. There are other things that jurors never were allowed to hear. What you quoted above was one witness's testimony as to what supposedly Michelle may have told them. From all reports, they loved each other very much in the earlier years and always wanted to be with each other.
My husband and I are pretty much both on the same page at this point. Yes, Cal could have and might have killed Michelle, but there is also a decent chance that he did not. There is more than enough reasonable doubt to go around. The blood evidence is really all the prosecution has, and that evidence did not convince a single juror.
I just wanted to add that there are many things jurors heard and saw that we didn't, too!

It sounds like Cal's defense team with their "slut-shaming" tactics, was effective with some jurors. But that's why he bought a NYC big league defense attorney.

mothwings
07-03-2015, 08:26 PM
Greetings all. It is very cool to see a thread about this case started so long ago. After reading all the posts regarding this case especially Gajonka’s, I knew I had to sign for an account and give my two cents.

I know just about everything there is to know about this case and have given it much thought and theory. I am one of those who truly believe the Cal is responsible for Michele no longer being here. It’s a circumstantial case, but that does not make it a weak case. One thing I remember a prosecutor saying is that circumstantial evidence in a case gives you much more assurance of the guilt of the defendant and tells you what drove them to the edge. In a direct evidence case, you may have one eyewitness to tell you they saw it. That means you have one thing to rely on. But in a circumstantial evidence case, especially this one, you have many things to rely on.

First of all, I want to attest as to why the first trial should have never been throw out. The judge who threw out the verdict after listening to Farmer Tubbs miraculously come out of nowhere to save Cal needs to have his head examined. It is clear to mostly everyone Farmer Tubbs was either paid or thought he would be paid. His girlfriend told the prosecutor that Farmer Tubbs told her that if he were to help Cal, he would never work another day in his life. Farmer Tubbs was a neighbor and permanent resident of the very town and neighborhood that Michele Harris disappeared from. He claims for 6 years he never knew anything about the disappearance? This was on the local news everyday for months and the weekly for the next 6 years and on the national news. Her missing poster was all over town. Farmer Tubbs story is a total farce. He didn’t go to the police after his magic realization, he went straight to Cal’s defense team! The day of his sentencing! It’s safe to say, us non-multimillionaires would still be sitting in jail. Total injustice.

The second trial happened and again 12 people were convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that Cal is responsible for her disappearance and that time Cal testified. One of the jurors said he had way too many answers and he was the best witness. Justice was served for 3 years until Cal’s high-pay defense team found two small technicalities in the 2nd trial. IF THERE WERE ATTORNEYS TO FIND THESE TINY TECHNICALITIES IN ALL TRIALS, then all of those defendants would be free! The first two trials rendered the correct verdict. The only reason he got away both times was because he is rich.

As far as the third trial, Tripod, you and your husband may believe that the prosecution’s case was weak and that there was never enough evidence to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, but you have two remember 24 reasonable people believed there definitely is enough evidence to convince them beyond a reasonable doubt in the first two trials. This time for the third trial, we had Cal’s flippant defense team making frivolous objections minute after minute and asking to approach many times to stop the prosecution from making any case. It slowed down the process and frustrated the jury. An estimated 2 month trial turned into 3 months because of his defense. Bruce Barkett even went so unethically far as to scream to the jury when Michele’s hair dresser testified “HE’S LYING!!!” The judge had to berate him a few times for acting like this.

Also, Tripod There have been HUNDREDS of cases over the years around the nation that have rendered a guilty verdict with the same totality of evidence in the Cal Harris trial. Even the recent Jerice Hunter trial had the same load of circumstantial evidence. We need to especially consider the fact that a lot of evidence allowed in the first two trials were not in the third! A lot of what Cal said to and threats he made was not allowed and Michele’s diary was not allowed. I hear the prosecution is going to fight to have Michele’s diary allowed in the fourth trial. If we can’t convict Cal for the evidence according to people who believe there isn’t enough evidence THEN BY THAT LOGIC getting away with murder would be far too easy. That just does not make sense. The threshold of guilt versus innocence can’t be that low.

Gajanko, I agree with 90% of what you have said and I want to applaud you for your summation. Here’s some points where we may conclude under a different light.

Prosecutor Kirk Martin. I can see where his speech outside the courthouse the day the judge declared the mistrial looked debilitated but for one, I think he was disappointed in how the jury could not reach a decision. Martin had put a lot of work and effort into this case. He lived at the Holiday Inn for over 3 months during the trial. He also was probably sad that he couldn’t get justice for Michele’s family. I can see where he’d be worn out the last day after trying so hard. He also didn’t want to answer many questions because he promises a fourth trial and doesn’t want citizens to make conclusions. He did make his point saying that he will continue to seek justice. More importantly, I don’t think either of us saw his actual performance inside the courtroom. However, I did see some of the points he made through the twitter feed and it does sound like he made some very good points and was very concise when arguing his case to the jury. So I guess at this point I can just say I trust that he is giving his best because I absolutely agree with you that the jury needs to have strong prosecutor to stand behind. Also, what about Gerald Keene? When I saw him interviewed he seemed very quiet and it’s hard to imagine him convincing a jury. Compared to Kirk Martin, wouldn’t you say Kirk is better? Thankfully to him, he promises a fourth trial.

Another area I think we see under a different light is the blood evidence. I definitely believe beyond a reasonable doubt that Michele’s blood got there when Cal struck her with a blunt object just before midnight on September 11th, 2001.

This is what I think happened.

Cal was a control freak to the maximum and a stubborn pampered ill-tempered husband. Michele knew that and feared him. We know that by how she took the guns away from him and from what even Cal’s relatives have said over the years and testified too. She slept with her car keys in her hands. The week before September 11th, everything was out of his control. There was no way he would let Michele take nearly a million from him. As Gajoka said, she started as a secretary in his office. Cal thought she was nobody until he came along and they joined in marriage. Now she was about to leave him. He had nine months to plan and act this out and choose the perfect way to dispose of her body.

The night of September 11th, Michele left Barton, New York after seeing Brian Earley, she got in her car at approximately 11:30 p.m. and drove home, leaving for her residence in Spencer, New York.

Cal was waiting anxiously in the kitchen with the murder weapon staring out the window waiting for a sign of Michele coming home. His children were sound asleep. Everyone was unsettled by the terrorist attacks and he knew if he was going to do this, he was going to do this today. Cal was getting impatient, his heart was racing, “where is she?” he was thinking and all of sudden, just before midnight, car headlights were shining on the trees, it was Michele driving down the quarter-mile driveway. This is it, Cal thought, his sweaty palms gripping the murder weapon. Michele pulled in and got out of the car. She approached the home and when she opened the door to her home, she got the surprise of her life. Or maybe more appropriate, the surprise of her death. Cal struck her with the weapon he knew would be the perfect replacement to a gun as he said he wouldn’t need a gun to kill her. Michele went down on the kitchen floor, her blood spattering on the walls and floor. It wasn’t enough, Cal struck her in the head once more and dropped the murder weapon on the throw rug where it left its stamp found later. Cal picked her up and threw her lifeless body on the garage floor where she bled her last drops of blood.

Cal followed through on his promise. She didn’t drop the the divorce proceedings. As Cal stood over her body in the garage floor, he knew he had to act fast. He couldn’t let the sleeping toddlers see this and they hadn’t woken up. In that moment, he realized what he had done. The woman he loved for years, the woman he shared a life with, the woman he experienced so many moments with, the woman who gave him his children, was just murdered by his own hands. He became nauseous and knew he had to throw up. He went and vomited in the sink, realizing the enormity of what he had just done. The same vomit the police found the day she was reported missing.

From there the blood stops telling what happened but what it told was the most important thing a juror could know, Michele’s death at the hands of her husband.

After this, I believe it’s an entirely possible he had someone help him get rid of the body. After wrapping her body and concealing her well enough, he drove her to the end of the driveway in her own car and met either Tubbs or someone else there who took Michele’s body with them and buried her or disposed of her somewhere far away from Cal’s home. That’s why he acted so calmly. I doubt Cal buried her on their property. Police searched it far too well. After meeting this person at the end of the driveway, he made sure the car was properly staged for its discovery in the morning. Either by wiping it down from his prints and making sure Michele’s keys, phone and purse was inside. Cal did this because he knew the car could not be at the house because if the car was at the house, that meant that Michele had for sure made it home. This way at least there would be a little doubt. Cal then walked back to the house and cleaned up the murder scene until 6:30am to the best of his ability but not good enough. He was probably even able to get a couple hours of sleep before calling the babysitter at 7.

Alternative ending 2: Cal acted alone. After wrapping Michele in trash bags, he put Michele’s body in his own car and drove it to one of his car dealerships to the contraption that controlled the crushing of cars. He put Michele’s body in one of the cars. The next day it was crushed early in the morning. That or Cal drove her somewhere far away and buried her himself.

After disposing he focused on cleaning up the scene. The babysitter testified that the children’s drawing books and such that were always on the kitchen counter near the entrance weren’t there anymore and she never saw them again. That’s because some of Michele’s blood landed on them so Cal got rid of them. Cal cleaned the scene up as best as he could but it wasn’t good enough. I call it divine intervention.

As you can see Gajoka, I do believe the blood evidence was related to Michele’s death. Remember the throw rug. The shape of a heavy round object was found as well as some blood on each side. The circular spot found was from the murder weapon. The other specks of blood found were Michele’s blood spatter. The surface area was very wide and some of it was very high. Something very important is how the blood was found pushed and dried under cracks and crevices meaning it had to be forced under there. The prosecution also called in a blood expert that used a chemical to show wiping motions on the floor. Some of the blood was also diluted.

With all of those details, I don’t see how anyone could not believe the blood is related to Michele’s death.

Eight days after Michele Harris' disappearance, her husband, Cal told his former mistress Connie Gauthier that his wife was not returning. Blood in the house, blood on the throw rug and saving $740,000 in his divorce was not a coincidence and Cal had nine months to plan this and act it out.

All of this does not equal reasonable doubt and none of the 24 jurors before thought so. They all said the evidence was overwhelming.

This is an extremely sad case because Cal took a mother away from the kids she loved and now they side with her killer. The babysitter testified three weeks after Michele disappeared, Cal was getting sick of his kids crying for their mom and he yelled at his four year old “stop it! Your mothers gone and you need to get used to it and stop crying!”

On the first trial, Cal had pictures of his kids in front of him as the verdict was read which was just a ploy for the jury. When the verdict read and Cal shouted “oh god no no no” that was him realizing he was not getting away with Michele’s murder just as Gajoka said.

This is such a shame that this man is free. Recently, he went to Sue Mulvey’s fathers funeral and made a mockery of it, taunting Sue and causing a ruckus. He was escorted off the property. A true sociopath. Anyone else hear this was confirmed as something he did during deliberations? He also harassed a college student during his trial. This doesn’t surprise me because this man is capable of anything but doesn’t anyone else find it odd that he is doing this during his own murder trial? Also, does anyone else find it suspicious a juror was sleeping during closing arguments? Makes me wonder if Cal possibly paid one of them off. You can see Cal’s violent temper with how he lashed out at the judge during closing arguments. This jury should have been sequestered.

The reason he is so close to his kids, is because they are his shield. He uses them time and time again. It is one of the reasons he was more comfortable trying to do this murder, hiding behind his kids. In the 48 Hours interview, he only cries for himself and his own loss of freedom. Me me me and I I I and my children my children my children.

Furthermore, I can’t imagine the pain Michele’s family and friends have suffered going through three trials and now a fourth. Now Cal is free to do what he wants but still has this charge hanging over his head. August 24th, I believe they will set a trial date and this time the jury will get it right.

The defense dragged the victim through the mud a lot. She was not perfect, but she is a victim and deserved to be free from Cal. She will not be at peace until Cal is behind bars.

The statements the defense has come out with about the two men Stacey and Christopher are fake and nothing but a scapegoat they are using to take the attention off their murderer client and lead the jury to reasonable doubt. The judge did not allow it because it lacked all evidentiary quality. There is no reason to believe they had anything to do with it and where are these guys? Do they not know they are being accused of murder in a high-profile trial and in the media? They should sue Cal. Work records prove Stacy was working and could not have done it and Christopher was not even in town. The defense have worked with Tubbs and that other lady to create a diversion. It has no basis in reality.

To conclude this, I totally believe their should be a 4th trial. Michele was a daughter, sister, friend, cousin, aunt and niece to many people and she deserves for her killer to be brought to justice permanently. Tripod, if this was your friend or sister, I know that Cal being free would be a torment to you and you would want a fourth trial. Please know I’m not being combative, just dissenting assertively.

To accept the belief Cal had nothing to do with this, you’d have to believe all of Michele’s family and friends are in a conspiracy against Cal. There is no conspiracy. They know the one person Michele was afraid of killed her. The only reason she wouldn’t leave the house is because she would have to leave her children and Michele was far too of a dedicated and loving mother to leave her children.

GGE
07-05-2015, 07:00 AM
@mothwings - please clear your message box, I can't get thru to you.

Excellent post BTW. He sure better have a fourth trial.

In the meantime though he's going to court for harassment.

http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Cal-Harris-pleads-not-guilty-to-harassment-charge-311504571.html

"On March 5, Owego Police received a complaint from a SUNY Broome student who attended a class at the Tioga County Administrative building. According to the report filed by police, the student said a conversation about Cal Harris' murder trial came up during the class.

The student said out loud that "he thought Harris would get off," according to the report. Court documents obtained by Action News identify that student as Thomas Zikuski. A local law enforcement source confirmed Thomas Zikuski is the brother of Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski.

According to the original police report, one of Harris’ daughters was in the class and identified herself after Zikuski made the comment. The teacher then changed the subject.

The report said after the class, at around 5:40 p.m. on March 5, Cal Harris arrived and shouted profanities, threatened and brushed up against Zikuski several times in an attempt to start a fight in the parking lot outside the building where the class was being held.

Harris’ next court date is scheduled for Aug. 27."

GGE
07-05-2015, 07:07 AM
@mothwings - I do have to clarify that although I totally agree with your assessment of Farmer Tubbs, I also didn't know about this case until Cal's second trial and I live here. The events of September 11th was all we saw on tv, and since I do not get the Press & Sun Bulletin (our local paper - yes I"m local to this case, Harris was the lacrosse coach at my boys' school prior to this) I never knew about this at all. This is a very small town, one of our 2 local news stations doesn't even own a mobile vehicle to go to local stories with... it is completely possible to have not known about this for years.

I still have never once seen a missing poster of her posted anyplace whatsoever, so I'm curious as to your comment that her missing posters were posted all over town. I would have to respectfully disagree. (ETA - can anyone find one online either, that isn't a photo of a poster that's impossible to read? There doesn't seem to be anything out there. If he didn't kill her why isn't he looking for her? Why doesn't he cry that his beloved wife is missing? Why isn't he looking for THE REAL KILLER (shades of OJ)? I really want a missing poster now but can't find one. That is bizarre.)

But that being said, we still all "know" what happened (okay well, we all speculate to the same conclusion). We don't have millionaires here. We have people on social serviecs, and people who work to make ends meet, and people who work to make ends meet plus a bit extra. We do not HAVE people with money like the Harris' here though, with very few exceptions. This is a farming area, large numbers of people hold GEDs as opposed to anything more, jobs are mostly limited to fast food and manual labor around here (people with more education tend to move on sooner or later, usually sooner)... so money really is powerful here IMO. Like anywhere but you know. Just painting a picture.

Just wanted to make that point though. Crazy as it sounds it WAS possible he didn't know about this til later. vBut I don't think that changes anything. JMO

GGE
07-05-2015, 07:27 AM
And, why do you think he removed her from their huge sprawling expanse of wooded property with private lake, called Empire Lake? Why do you think he has always refused to have that Lake drained to be searched for her?

I know why *I* think that is.

But yes the local RUMOR has always been, since day one, even throughout the schools where my children came home with the "information" back then, has always been (AGAIN THIS IS RUMOR ONLY) that yes, he did take it to Weitsman's and have it crushed. One Weitsman's location is right across the street and down a block or so from Kevin's Royal Automotive (one of the Harris owned car businesses). Ben Weitsman and Son's scrap metal business is the other millionaire family in town.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Kevin%27s+Royal+Automotive,+Waverly+Road,+Owego,+N Y/16+W+Main+St,+Owego,+NY+13827/@42.0982009,-76.2802488,1163m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x89da99e7f4 a992dd:0x7b94d698ff7e4ba0!2m2!1d-76.281456!2d42.096373!1m5!1m1!1s0x89da9758b6285c01 :0xe711312348d7d915!2m2!1d-76.2698147!2d42.100013

If anyone ever wants any photos of PUBLIC locations pertinent to this case just say the word.