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Harris case trailed in favor of new Grand Jury indictment case

By From page A3 | August 16, 2013

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COLLEEN HARRIS sits in court on Aug. 14. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

An El Dorado County Rose accused of killing her husband appeared in court Wednesday to trail the District Attorney’s indictment case in favor of a Grand Jury indictment case.

Deputy district attorney Joe Alexander noted that Colleen Harris, 70, accused of killing her second husband, was now indicted by the El Dorado County Grand Jury.

Another judge already vacated the dates for the DA’s indictment case, so Alexander requested that Judge Douglas Phimister trail the case in favor of the new case in Department 2. The motion was granted.

The Grand Jury indictment supersedes a preliminary hearing, which would normally be held to determine whether there is enough evidence to go to trial; the Grand Jury indictment is enough to skip this hearing and go straight to trial. A readiness and settlement hearing in the new Grand Jury case is scheduled for Sept. 16 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 2. The Department 2 clerk noted a tentative trial date had been scheduled for Jan. 14, 2014.

Harris is accused of murdering her third husband, Bob Harris, 72. This is her second time as a defendant in a murder case, after she called El Dorado County Sheriff’s dispatch in 1985 to inform it that her second husband, James Batten, was dead. During the trial, she claimed she had amnesia and that Batten had sexually assaulted both her and her daughter from her first husband. She was found not guilty by a jury of nine women and three men.

Cole Mayer

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