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Cal Harris: Jury Selection for Fourth Trial Begins

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By FOX 40 Staff.
Jury selection for the fourth second-degree murder trial of Cal Harris began Monday in Schoharie County.

Harris is the Tioga County man charged with second degree murder for the death of his wife Michele, who disappeared in September of 2001.

More than 100 potential jurors reported for duty Monday morning. However, a court clerk announced that attorneys were working out legal matters, and would not be ready to begin selection until Monday afternoon. Jurors were dismissed, and asked to report back at 12:15 p.m.

Earlier in March, Harris' defense team says a partial bra strap and fragments of fabric were discovered in a burn pit at a Tioga County home. His attorneys say the charred fabric found is consistent with the clothing his wife, Michele Harris, was wearing the night she went missing.

According to court documents made public on March 21, these items were discovered during a January excavation of a burn pit on a property once owned by Stacy Stewart. Harris' attorneys say Stewart, of Texas, was romantically involved with Michele prior to her disappearance.

Cal Harris has been twice convicted in two of the three previous trials but both of those convictions were over turned and a third jury says they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Throughout all three trials Harris has maintained his innocence. During the third trial, defense team has argued that prosecutors zeroed in on Cal from the beginning of their investigation and failed to look at other potential suspects.

Fox 40 is in Schoharie County Court, and will provide updates as they become available.