Update On Cal Harris Case

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 11, 2005 at 8:40 PM EDT

44 year old Cal Harris, was arraigned on a charge of murder last September.
He did not show up for a hearing Friday in Tioga County Court, on the advice of his lawyer, Joseph Cawley.
Cawley and District Attorney Gerald Keene met with Judge Vincent Squeglia.
The defense asked the judge to dismiss the case.
Cawley argued the prosecution has no body, no eyewitness and no theory on how Cal allegedly murdered his wife Michele in 2001.
"To dismiss it for what reason Mr. Cawley was giving, that I can't articulate a cause of death or exactly how the victim was alleged to die, I don't think that I'm required to do that," says Tioga County District Attorney Gerald Keene.
Cawley also wants to see dozens of documents related to the investigation into Michele's disappearance.
"There's a lot of material to go through. A lot of things to be examined and reviewed," says Joseph Cawley, Harris' Defense Attorney.
Cawley wants information on phone records, items siezed during searches, and details of police interviews with the Harris children.
And, he asked to see records from a global positioning unit that state police fixed on Harris' car.
During the investigation of Michele Harris' disappearance, extensive searches were done by canines, sonar, even scuba divers into lakes and ponds on more than 250 acres of land, including the Harris property on Hagadorn Hill Road.
The defense attorney motioned for all the details of the searches be turned over to him.
Judge Vincent Squeglia will now considered all the defense motions, and he could review records relating to the grand jury indictment.
Attorney's are due back in court on January 20th to here his decisions.
Cal Harris must appear in court for another hearing on January 13th.
That's when Cawley will ask the court to dismiss statements Harris made to investigators, and waive his right to a speedy trial.

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