Cal Harris declared not guilty in fourth trial for 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.
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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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.
"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.