Jury Selection Begins In Harris Case

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2009 at 10:11 PM EDT

The second murder trial for Cal Harris is underway in Tioga County Court.

Jury selection began this morning.

Action News reporter Gabe Osterhout was there.

Cal Harris of Spencer arrived at the Courthouse in Owego with his attorneys.

He's accused of murdering his wife Michele in September 2001.

At the time of her disappearance, the couple was in the middle of a bitter divorce.

Her body has never been found.

Nearly 200 potential jurors were called to the Tioga County Courthouse.

After filling out a questionnaire, potential jurors were read a brief set of instructions from Judge James Hayden.

More than 80 jurors were dismissed due to conflicts with their schedules.

The remaining 116 jurors will return to court Tuesday morning to answer questions from both the prosecution and the defense.

They have to pick a jury of 12, plus alternates out of that pool of potential jurors.

If they can't, more people will be called in until there's a jury seated.

Harris was convicted of murder in 2007, but that verdict was overturned when a new witness came forward.

Kevin Tubbs previously told the court he saw a woman that looked like Michele Harris hours after prosecutors allege she was murdered.

Judge Hayden told potential jurors the case is expected to last 2 to 3 weeks.

The jury selection process continues tomorrow morning.

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