Cal Harris found not guilty after fourth murder trial

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – After 15 years and four trials in two different counties, a man accused of murdering his wife walks away a free man Tuesday.

Cal Harris was accused of killing his estranged wife Michele in 2001 in the Southern Tier. Judge Richard Mott found him not guilty after a bench trial.

“We can move as normal people do,” Harris said.

Judge Mott delivered the verdict after three days of deliberations. Harris’ family stood by him through it all gave a short cheer after the verdict was read.

As the verdict was being read, Harris says he felt numb.

The prosecution was disappointed with the verdict.

Harris says that although this case is finished, the mystery of who killed Michele and where her body is remains unsolved.

Harris’ attorney Bruce Barket says this is the end of the trial and not the end of this case.

Harris says he’s been a target of this investigation for so many years. He claims the lead investigator targeted him for firing her father.

The Tioga County District Attorney Office says it’s not commenting on these allegations.

Harris and Barket both said they plan on holding the District Attorney and State Police accountable. They would not confirm if they will pursue legal action.

The question on who killed Michele and where her body is remains unanswered.

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