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Defense Names Other Suspects in Michele Harris' Murder

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Cal Harris' defense team outlines evidence they say proves Cal's innocence and points to the real persons responsible for the death of Michele Harris.

This is Harris' third time on trial for the death of his estranged wife who disappeared in September of 2001.

Stacy Stewart and Christopher Thomason, these are the two men that the defense say should have been the central focus of this investigation from the very beginning.

Thursday afternoon Defense Attorney Bruce Barket argued that Judge Bartlett should allow evidence which would shift the guilt for this crime to a third party.

Barket says he has evidence that Stewart and Thomason burned bloody clothing in a pit outside Stewart's Tioga County home in the morning just after Michele's disappearance.

Defense adds that Stewart and Thomason have contradictory statements about their relationship with Michele and the events of September 12th, in an effort to implicate one another for the crime.

According to Barket, Stacy Stewart, was involved in a sexual relationship with Michele, had conversations with others about the case where he's told people he was the last person to see Michele alive and that he "knows how to hide a body."

Prosecutors will have the opportunity for counter arguments next week and then ultimately Judge Bartlett will decide whether defense can introduce this at trial.

Earlier Thursday Donna Aldea continued cross examination of Michele's close friend Cindy Turner.

Aldea picked and prodded at inconsistencies in Turner's testimony zeroing in on Turner's ever changing statement about a loaf size blood stain in the Harris garage.

Wednesday Turner testified that Cal mentioned the stain to her just two days after Michele's disappearance.

But as Aldea points out in police records she made no mention of this until March which she argues is because it was Turner's husband that Cal actually mentioned the blood to.