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Cal Harris Trial Continues into Third Week

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The trial of Cal Harris enters its third week of testimony on Tuesday.

Harris is the Town of Spencer man charged with second degree murder for the disappearance of his wife Michele in 2001.

Cross examination continued of investigator Michael Myers, but only after a long delay and passionate debate from both sides.
Late this afternoon the prosecution called two forest rangers involved in the 2001 searches for Michele Harris in the area surrounding the Harris property.

There were only five minutes of questioning this morning before objections over the admission of a defense exhibit cascaded into hours of heated legal arguments.
Defense Attorney Bruce Barket began to question Myers about a google map that showed the distance between the Harris household, and a man named Stacy Stewart's house.

The prosecution objected to the admission of the maps, saying Barket had not laid an adequate foundation, It was out of the scope of direct questioning, and that Myers is not qualified to testify to the scale of the map. The maps were eventually admitted with notations and the scale scratched out, and cross examination of Investigator Michael Myers wrapped up late Tuesday afternoon.

The prosecution then called Terry Figary and Norman Jensen, both New York State Forest Rangers who held supervisory positions during the September and November searches for Michele Harris.

Both Figary and Jensen testified to a map of the intensive grid search that was conducted over a two day span in September, and another search conducted in November of the west side of the Empire Lake on the Harris property. Jensen testified that the difference between the two searches was that in September, the search was more of a search and rescue effort, whereas the November search was a recovery effort. During cross examination, Figary testified that among overall members of the DEC, state police, sheriff's office and volunteers, that a total of 139 people searched for 931 hours cumulatively over the two days in September, not including forensics.

During both the September and the November searches, both Jensen and Figary testified that they were searching for areas of disturbance in the areas surrounding the Harris residence, including broken branches or disturbed vegetation, personal items and jewelry. Neither search showed any sign of Michele Harris, but the defense was quick to question Jensen if the entire Harris property had ever been searched, and he testified that no, it had not, because searchers and investigators didn't find anything that led them to believe they needed to search further.