Children of New York man charged with killing their mother support their father

May 5th, 2015 by Staff

Michele Harris was last seen on September 11, 2001.

(The Daily Mail) WAVERLY, New York – The husband of a woman who went missing 14 years ago is preparing to hear the verdict on his third trial for her murder, with his four children all standing firmly by his side.

Cal Harris, of Spencer, New York, was arrested and charged with the murder of Michele Harris in 2005 after she went missing on September 11, 2001.

She was last seen leaving her waitressing job in Waverly, New York – a rural upstate town.

Her body has never been found and neither has a murder weapon.

But police found blood splatters belonging to Michele in the 252-acre luxury home she shared with Cal and witnesses told a court that he had threatened his wife.

He was found guilty in July 2007, but the case was thrown out when a witness came forward to say that he’d seen her arguing with someone who wasn’t Cal Harris the day she disappeared.

However, he was tried again in 2009 and found guilty again. But that case was also thrown out.

Now a jury is deliberating on a verdict after an 11-week trial in Schoharie County Courthouse.

His daughter Cayla told ABC News recently: ‘We feel like we need to tell people that he’s actually a really great guy and there’s no way he could have done something like this.’

Last year Harris, 53, set up a tip line in the hope that Michele’s disappearance could be solved.

‘I did not have any involvement in Michele’s disappearance,’ Harris said at a press conference at the time. ‘I would never hurt the mother of my children and I would never do anything to hurt them.’

Harris hired a new legal defense team in 2014 as well as investigators with cold case experience to find answers to Michele’s mysterious disappearance.

Cal’s four children, who were between two and seven years old when their mom disappeared, were the reason for the renewed search.

‘Up until now I have tried to shield my children from the public’s eye and the fire storm of media coverage that has surrounded this case,’ Harris said last year, ‘however they have reached the age where they understand what’s going on and want answers for themselves.’

The Harris’ eldest daughter Cayla, 18, spoke at the press conference herself.

‘We need to know what really happened to our mother,’ Cayla Harris said. ‘We know our dad had nothing to do with her disappearance, we also know there are people out there with information that can help us get answers.

‘We want to keep our family together and not lose our father again. We plead to those of you who can help us, to please come forward with information,’ the teen added. 

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