Cal Harris: Appeal Denied

By Alice Maggiore
By Bryan Mercer

July 28, 2011 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 5:06 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) An appeal is denied for a Tioga County business man convicted twice of killing his wife.

Calvin Harris will not see another trial, according to the Supreme Court Appellate Court.

Harris is currently serving up to 25 years behind bars after being convicted of killing his wife, Michele.

Most recently, a jury convicted Harris of second-degree murder in 2009.

Michele Harris was last seen during the overnight hours of September 11, 2001.

In January, Harris' lawyer, William Easton, made several claims to the State Court of Appeals, asking that the murder conviction be thrown out.

The defense said Tioga County District Attorney Gerald Keene failed to prove that Harris killed Michele.

Easton said Cal's rights were violated when "hearsay" concerning Michele was admitted into evidence.

Easton also claims the jury pool was tainted, as the second trial was held at the Tioga County Courthouse in Owego.

The conviction was upheld by a 3-1 vote, one judge abstained.

In Tioga County, Harris used to own Royal Automotive in Owego.

You can read today's full court document here.