Sister-In-Law Takes The Stand

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 24, 2009 at 6:09 PM EDT

Did Cal Harris threaten to kill his wife?

That was the focus of testimony in the murder retrial of Cal Harris in Tioga County.

His wife, Michele, disappeared in September 2001.

Action News reporter Reed Buterbaugh tells us spoke to Michele's hairdresser, who heard an angry phone call.

"Drop the divorce or I'll kill you."

Jerome Wilcyznski testified he heard Cal Harris scream to his wife Michele in July of 2001.

Wilcyznski was Michele's hairdresser.

She was at his salon when Michele answered a call on her cell phone.

"I was afraid for Mrs. Harris she was very scary. Very upset, crying," Wilcyznski said.

Defense attorney Terrence Kindlon tried to discredit Wilcyznski's testimony.

Pointing out he did not tell State Police about this threatening phone call until four years later.

"They would love for you to believe that I'm lying but the truth is her husband threatened her on the phone," Wilcyznski said.

Wilcyznski went to Vestal High School with Cal Harris in the late 1970s
But admitted until the alleged call, he had not heard Cal's voice since 1979.

The salon, Indulgences in Binghamton, also had no computer record of Michele's July appointment.

Cal's sister-in-law Fran Harris took the stand.

She relayed a conversation she had with Michele.

Michele had said Cal once told her he could kill her without a gun, and they would never find the body.

Fran also said she was with Cal in Cooperstown the weekend after Michele went missing.

Cal's father called to say Michele's body had been found.

Cal said that was impossible.

Michele's body has never been found.

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