Monday, September 28, 2009

Guilty verdict in upstate NY murder trial

OWEGO, N.Y. (AP) — A jury has convicted an upstate New York businessman for a second time on charges he murdered his estranged wife, whose body has never been found.

The Tioga (tye-OH'-gah) County jury deliberated for almost nine hours over two days before finding 48-year-old Calvin Harris guilty of second-degree murder. Outside the courtroom Wednesday, defense lawyer Terrence Kindlon called Harris an innocent man and vowed an appeal.

Harris' first conviction in 2007 was set aside when new evidence surfaced in the September 2001 disappearance of Michele Harris.

Prosecutors say Harris killed his wife because of their impending divorce.

District Attorney Gerald Keene says Harris faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life and a minimum of 15 years to life.