Calvin Harris on Acquittal: “I Was Shocked”
Calvin Harris as he spoke in Owego in March 2014. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]
Calvin Harris said he and his children won't be celebrating his acquittal in his fourth murder trial following the disappearance of his estranged wife.
The Tioga County man was found "not guilty" by Judge Richard Mott in the trial held in Schoharie County. Police and prosecutors had argued Harris was responsible for the presumed death of Michele Harris, who was 35 years old when she was last seen in Tioga County in September 2001.
Shortly after the verdict was announced, Harris thanked those who had supported him over the nearly 15 years since his wife vanished.
As to his frame of mind when the judge revealed his decision, Harris said: "I was shocked."
The 54-year-old Harris said when the judge entered the courtroom, he was "scared" because of the "tone of his voice." He said he had heard that sound in Mott's voice during the trial and had concluded it didn't bode well for him.
Harris said he and his four children now can "move forward" and make some plans. But he said they won't be celebrating the verdict because "there are no winners in the case."
Tioga County District Attorney Kirk Martin, who lead the prosecution during the trial, said "we'll abide by the verdict." Martin said he was confident law enforcement agencies involved in the case did a "thorough and complete investigation."
Martin added that Michele Harris "is still a missing person" and his office would follow up on "real, credible evidence" that might become available to determine what happened to her.
Calvin Harris said he believed a New York State Police investigator had targeted him, asserting it was in retribution for his firing her father, who once worked for him.
Martin would not comment on the suggestion Harris was targeted by police and prosecutors.
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