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Sept. prelim for Harris

By From page A1 | June 19, 2013

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COLLEEN HARRIS appeared in court Monday June 17 to set a new hearing date. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

A woman accused of killing her husband appeared in court for a handful of minutes Monday morning to receive a new hearing date.

Deputy district attorney Joe Alexander told visiting Judge Robert Baysinger that the new preliminary hearing would probably last between an hour and a half and two hours, leaning towards the latter.

After discussing the calendar with the judge Alexander and defense attorney David Weiner agreed to an Aug. 14 pre-preliminary hearing at 8 a.m. and a Sept. 5 preliminary hearing at 8 a.m.

Coleen Harris, 70, is accused of murdering Bob Harris, 72, her third husband. This is her second time as a defendant in a murder case involving one of her husbands. In 1985, she called the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Dispatch, telling them 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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