Another Day of Deliberations Ends Without Verdict in Cal Harris Trial
By Samantha Bleiweis.
After informing the court that it was deadlocked Tuesday, the jury in the trial of Cal Harris continued to deliberate Thursday for seven hours. Harris is the Owego man charged with second degree murder for the death of his wife Michele who disappeared in September of 2001. No body or weapon has ever been found.
After 20 plus hours of deliberations over 5 days, the jury still had not reached a verdict.
It was all quiet through the morning and most of the afternoon, as Jurors did not ask for any testimony to be read back this morning, but late this afternoon around 4:00 they did ask for a court exhibit: they wanted to see Barbara Thayer's first written statement to police on September 16 of 2001. But, this exhibit was never introduced into evidence. Judge Bartlett told jurors they could request to have that testimony read back if they needed it.
This lack of requests was unlike the first couple days of deliberations--when jurors asked for Harris nanny Barbara Thayer's testimony, NYSP investigator Michael Myers testimony, The testimony of another Harris babysitter, Pam Barnes, and multiple court exhibits.
The day was especially lax, as two of the here notes the jury sent were housekeeping issues dealing with the rest of the week--the first about scheduling issues for tomorrow, and the second in reference to breaks. Judge George Bartlett told jurors that due to the scheduling conflict one juror has Thursday, court will begin at 1 pm. He also told jurors that they are welcome to ask for a break at any time.
Judge Bartlett also told jurors that if they do not reach a verdict Thursday, court will begin in the morning on Friday with early dismissal around noon. Court resumes tomorrow at 1 pm, marking day 6 of deliberations.