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Harris in holding pattern

By From page A1 | February 10, 2014

A woman accused of killing her husband had her readiness and settlement conference rescheduled in a short hearing Friday.

The estimated six-day trial of Colleen Harris is still set for April 8, Judge Daniel B. Proud said. Deputy District Attorney Joe Alexander noted that he and defense attorney David Weiner agreed to continue the readiness and settlement hearing to Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. He noted that Weiner had two trials set for April 8, Harris and the trial of Supervisor Ray Nutting, and they wanted to hold off to see which one would be going.

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 deputies 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.

Cole Mayer

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