Cal Harris declared not guilty in fourth trial for wife's murder

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Husband Found Not Guilty In Fourth Trial For Estranged Wife's Murder

A New York man has been declared not guilty of killing his estranged wife after his fourth trial in her murder concluded on Tuesday.

Cal Harris was declared not guilty in the bench trial by Judge Richard Mott after nearly 30 days of testimony regarding the disappearance of Michele Harris 15 years ago.

Mott deliberated for about 12 hours over 2 1/2 days.

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Cal Harris, who has maintained his innocence from day one, embraced his and Michele's children upon hearing the news, reports WBMG.

Harris was in the midst of a contentious divorce from Michele when her minivan was discovered abandoned at the end of the couple's long driveway.

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FILE - In this July 12, 2005 file photo, Calvin Harris is flanked by his attorneys during a hearing at the Tioga County Courthouse in Owego, N.Y. Harris, a prominent auto dealer imprisoned for the murder of his estranged wife, will have his case heard by New Yorkâs top court on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Rebecca Towns, Pool, File)
FILE - In this July 16, 2009 file photo, defendant Calvin Harris listens during his trial at the Tioga County Court in Owego, N.Y. Harris, a prominent auto dealer imprisoned for the murder of his estranged wife, will have his case heard by New Yorkâs top court on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/The Star-Gazette, Jeff Richards, Pool, File)
Tioga County District Attorney Gerald Keene gives opening arguments in the Calvin Harris murder trial in Tioga County Court, Tioga, N.Y.,Thursday, July 15, 2009. Calvin Harris, a millionaire upstate New York businessman, is standing trial for a second time on charges he killed his estranged wife. (AP Photo/Jeff Richards, Pool)
Murder defendant Calvin Harris heads to Tioga County Court in Owego, N.Y., Tuesday July 14, 2009. Harris has been charged with second degree murder after the disappearance of his wife Michele Harris in September 2001. (AP Photo/Jeff Richards, Pool)
FILE - In this July 14, 2009 file photo, defendant Calvin Harris listens during his trial at the Tioga County Court in Owego, N.Y. Harris, a prominent auto dealer imprisoned for the murder of his estranged wife, will have his case heard by New Yorkâs top court on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/The Star-Gazette, Jeff Richards, Pool, File)
Judge James T. Hayden gives instructions to jurors who have been seated for the trial of Calvin Harris in Tioga County Court, Owego, N.Y., before releasing them for the day on Wednesday July 15, 2009. Calvin Harris has been charged with second-degree murder after the disappearance of his wife Michele Harris in September 2001. (AP Photo/Jeff Richards, Pool)
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While Michele's body has never been found, Harris has already been found guilty for her murder twice in 2007 and 2009. Both convictions were later overturned on appeal.

In a third trial, a jury deadlocked in May 2015.

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"It's been a nightmare. I've been ripped away from my kids three times now," Harris said in 2014. "Three times now I've had to sit in a jail cell or a prison cell and wait for a judge or judges to overturn this thing."

For the fourth time, jury selection began as prosecutors persist in the high-profile case with no body, no weapon and — after 15 years — no resolution.

However, this time Harris and his attorneys have opted for a bench trial, leaving Judge Richard Mott to decide his fate starting in March.

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