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Forensic Blood Analyst Takes Stand in Cal Harris Trial

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Jurors learn more about blood spatter Wednesday, in the case of Cal Harris. This is the third trial for Harris who is charged with the murder of his estranged wife Michele who disappeared in September of 2001, Michele's body has never been found.

Expert forensic blood analyst, Dr.Henry Lee, was on the stand for four hours Wednesday testifying about blood stains found in the Harris home.

Lee began his testimony by demonstrating for jurors how different types of blood stains were created and explaining how blood drops differ from blood spatter. The jury then looked on as Lee described blood stains from pictures of the kitchen alcove area and garage of the Harris home. Lee says that the stains in both areas are consistent with blood spatter caused by some sort of force.
Prosecutors say the force was caused by a weapon while the defense argues that it could have been caused by a cut on the finger or cough. Lee says those are all possibilities.

Lee also points out that some of the stains in each area appeared to have been diluted and altered.

Prosecutors insist they were altered during an attempted clean up, but the defense says that's not the case. That there were multiple people in and out of the Harris home in the days following Michele's disappearance and that could have caused the alterations to the stains. Lee admits there are numerous ways the stains could have been altered.

According to Lee the 3ft x 6ft area that blood was found in the garage there were 200-400 stains.

However during cross examination Lee told Barket that in total the stains in the area are equivalent to just 10 drops of blood.

The defense team made its 6th request for a mistrial on Wednesday
saying that Judge George Bartlett was being prejudicial and did not have control of the courtroom. The request was made 30 minutes into cross examination, when Lee was giving unelicited answers and making jokes while on the stand.
Judge Barlett denied the motion for mistrial but did instruct jurors to disregard parts of Lee's testimony.

Cross examination of Investigator Steven Andersen is expected to continue Thursday morning starting at 9:15.