Deliberations for Cal Harris trial continue, fate to be decided

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Deliberations in a bench trial of a high profile case out of the Southern Tier continues Tuesday.

Cal Harris is accused of killing his wife Michele in 2001 in Tioga County. This is his fourth trial over 15 years and the second one to come to the Captial Region.

Tuesday will be the third day of deliberations for Judge Richard Mott at the Schoharie County courthouse.

Judge Mott wasn’t seen at all on Friday when he wrapped up deliberations going into the weekend, but the courtroom was advised that he would begin again at 12:45 p.m.

Mott will be the sole person to decide Harris’ fate and instructed all parties to remain within 30 minutes of the courthouse pending his verdict.

Harris’ attorney Bruce Barket said last week that he thinks a longer review of the evidence bodes well for his client. Barket also pointed out there were dozens of witnesses and hundreds of pieces of evidence were produced during the trial and it would take anyone a while to sort through all of it.

There have been no comments from the prosecution since deliberations started. And each time NEWS10 talks to Harris he gives a no comment response or says he’s not sure what to expect.

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