Who Made Phone Call?

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 27, 2009 at 6:55 PM EDT

Testimony centers around a calls and conversations in the murder re-trial of Cal Harris in Tioga County Court.

Action News reporter Gabe Osterhout has more from the courthouse in Owego.

In the second murder trial of Cal Harris, the defense is more focused on a phone call made from the Harris home in Spencer on September 12th.

It's the day Michele was reported missing.

The defense claim it shows Cal tried to find his wife that morning.

Phone records show a call was made to Michele's cell phone at 7:15 am.

Previously, babysitter Barbara Thayer previously testified she made the call.

The defense claims that's not possible.

Phone records also show Thayer made a call from her home at 7:08 am.

The defense says 7 minutes would not have been enough time for Thayer to drive to the Harris home, stop and inspect Michele's van at the end of the driveway, and get inside to make the call.

Cal Harris' sister-in-law testified about two conversations she had with Michele Harris early in 2001.

Harris is accused of murdering his wife Michele in September, 2001.

Her body has never been found.

Mary Jo Harris testified during one call, Michele told her she was talking from a closet, whispering that Cal was opening and closing the chamber of a gun, and she was scared.

Another time, Michele told her Cal said he didn't need a gun to kill her.

And if he did kill her, she would never been found.

And if she died he would not be a suspect.

Under cross examination, Mary Jo admitted that she had not seen Michele since March, 2001, when Cal's mother died.

She also did not know about Michele's affairs with 2 men.

Mary Jo is the wife of Cal's brother Steve.

She said they do not have a good relationship due to a disagreement.

In Owego, Gabe Osterout, WBNG-TV Action News.

This is the third week for the Harris trial at the Tioga County Courthouse in Owego.

District Attorney Gerald Keene is expected to wrap up the prosecutions case tomorrow.

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