Third Day of Cal Harris Deliberations Ends With No Verdict
By Samantha Bleiweis.
After 3 days of deliberation, the jury still has not yet reached a verdict in the trial of Cal Harris. Harris is the Tioga County man charged with second degree murder for the death of his wife Michele back in September of 2001. No body or murder weapon has ever been found.
The jury received the case last week after eleven weeks of testimony and closing arguments that spread over a span of two days. This morning, jurors sent judge George Bartlett two separate notes. The first note asked for clarification on the definition of reasonable doubt, and the different between circumstantial and direct evidence.
And the second was a request for an easel, markers and paper. Midway through the afternoon, the jurors also asked for a quick break to get outside and take a breather. The last note was sent in the afternoon, when jurors asked to have portions of NYSP investigator Michael Myers' testimony read back--specifically interviews Myers conducted with cal on September 12th 2001 and September 14th 2001.
Before they were dismissed they also requested testimony from Pam Barnes, who was one of the Harris' babysitters at the time of Michele's disappearance.
Jurors will hear all of that testimony read back tomorrow morning at 9:15 and then deliberations will continue.