FRANKLYWNOW - End of 4th Week of Testimony in Harris Trial

End of 4th Week of Testimony in Harris Trial

Thursday wrapped up the fourth week of testimony in the trial of Cal Harris. Harris is the Owego businessman accused of second degree murder for the disappearance of his wife Michele Harris in September of 2001.

New York State Police Investigator Steven Anderson was on the stand again today. Anderson has been on the stand since last Wednesday, but did not give a full day of testimony until today after a few witnesses gave their testimony out of order this week.

Expert Forensic Blood Analyst Dr. Henry Lee testified yesterday that the stains in the garage couldn't have amounted to more than ten drops of blood. Today Defense Attorney Bruce Barket had Anderson measure out ten drops of liquid and drop it in a spoon to represent that it equaled only about a quarter of a teaspoon. But Anderson did say that he thinks the amount of blood in the spoon is not necessarily consistent with the stains he observed at the Harris household during his initial investigation. Barket asked Anderson if state police had tracked Cal's car by GPS device, and then flew over areas that he went.

Anderson testified that they had. Barket also focused on questions about the things that state police did not do. Anderson testified that 6 out of the 12 possible stains in the garage were tested, and only one of the Harris' multiple ATV's was tested for trace evidence.

The jury was dismissed early today when the subject of asking Anderson about he and members of the state police consulting with Dr. Lee during an interview with 48 hours. The defense is alleging that investigators were given strategic advice from Lee when he said that the defense will probably say that Michele cut her finger when referring to the blood spatter in the household during the investigation. Special counsel to the prosecution Paul Klyne said that it wasn't a strategy session, and asking Anderson about that conversation is irrelevant. Judge Bartlett will rule on that subject on Monday.
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