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Motion denied to dismiss Cal Harris murder charge

By Kerry Longobucco.
A Schoharie County Court judge has denied a motion to dismiss a second degree murder charge against Cal Harris, according to Harris' defense team.

Harris, of Spencer, is accused of killing his wife, Michele Harris, on September 11, 2001. His defense team filed a motion to dismiss the charges against him, on the grounds that the evidence is insufficient to proceed with a fourth trial.

Judge George Barlett ruled that there is enough evidence to try the case again.

Harris was convicted of murder twice in Tioga County Court, but those convictions were thrown out on appeals, and new trials were ordered. His third trial, which was relocated to Schoharie County Court, ended with a hung jury.

Harris' fourth trial is scheduled to begin March 2, 2016 in Schoharie County Court.