'A new look at Cal Harris' in 48 Hours special interview

By Kelly McCarthy

June 9, 2014 Updated Jun 9, 2014 at 11:27 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Just like many people in the community, the media has been following Cal Harris' case since the beginning. 13 years after Michele Harris vanished, Cal agreed to do his first on-camera interview.

Erin Moriarty of 48 Hours said Harris wouldn't answer all of her questions. For example, what he did the day of Michele's disappearance and questions about his deteriorating marriage with Michele were off limits. But Moriarty said people will see a whole new side of Cal Harris.

"He's far more engaging and interesting than I ever guessed," Moriarty said, "He's warm, he's clearly a good dad, he's raised four really wonderful, interesting children. But there are a lot of questions that he refuses to answer, on the advice of his lawyer, but that's troubling."

Harris is doing things differently for his third murder trial. He has a new defense team, a new venue for the trial and what could be most memorable is his children are now speaking out on their father's innocence.

"I thought the most interesting question was, I had asked him, 'Did any of your kids ever ask him point blank' and he said 'No,'" Moriarty told Action News. "And when I said, 'None of you guys ever just said 'Dad, did you have anything to do with it?', and they all said 'No,' they all just knew he wasn't involved."

There's no denying stories have surfaced on what could have happened to Michele. Moriarty said this story focuses on separating the rumors from the facts.

"We kind of brush aside the rumors and I think that's the best part about this hour," Moriarty said, "Is that he goes into this trial people are really going to know the case as it is, not the way we have heard it is."

Cal Harris has been out on bail for the past year and a half. His third trial is scheduled to start in September in Schoharie County.

"48 Hours: The Trials of Cal Harris" aired Monday night at 10:00 p.m. on WBNG.

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