Defense in NY man's 4th murder trial: Wrong man prosecuted

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Posted: May 18, 2016 12:05 PM

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — The defense attorney for a wealthy New York man being tried a fourth time in the 2001 death of his estranged wife says authorities are prosecuting the wrong man.

Bruce Barket delivered closing arguments Wednesday on behalf of his client Calvin Harris.

Barket says that prosecutors haven't solved the case because they've been investigating someone who didn't kill 35-year-old Michele Harris.

She disappeared the night of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Prosecutors say her husband killed her when she came home to their estate.

A Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee) County judge is hearing closing arguments, seven weeks after the start of the nonjury trial.

Michele Harris' body has never been found and prosecutors have relied on a largely circumstantial case.

Two previous guilty verdicts were overturned. A third prosecution ended in a mistrial.