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Harris discovery delivered to defense

By From page A3 | March 27, 2013

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COLLEEN HARRIS appears Department 7 Superior Court in Placerville Monday March 22 for a preliminary hearing. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

The woman accused of murdering her husband appeared briefly in court Monday morning to schedule a preliminary hearing.

Deputy district attorney Joe Alexander told El Dorado Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister that he had delivered a CD containing the bulk of discovery to attorney David Weiner concerning Colleen Harris. He said that a few pieces of discovery were not on the disc but would be delivered to Weiner.

Weiner and Alexander agreed to a May 30 preliminary hearing, with a pre-preliminary hearing set for May 13 at 8 a.m. in Department 7.

Harris, 70, 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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