Husband jailed for '01 murder gets day in court

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Posted: Sep 11, 2012 5:37 PM
Husband jailed for '01 murder gets day in court

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A once-prominent auto dealer from New York's Southern Tier is urging the state's top court to overturn his conviction for murdering his missing wife, citing limited circumstantial evidence and trial errors.

Defense attorney William Easton says motive and intent, without a body, are not enough in this case.

Calvin L. Harris, 51, is in prison.

Tioga County District Attorney Gerald Keene argues there was also a threat overheard by the victim's hairdresser, some small blood spatters and the divorcing couple's home was located "in the middle of nowhere."

Michele Harris, then 35, was last leaving work the evening after the 9/11 terror attacks, though a later witness says he saw someone resembling her the next morning arguing outside her home with another man.

A ruling is expected next month.