Police Authorities have dropped charges against a man who is arrested in the slaying of his wife. He was detained After another suspect admitted to the 1990 killing on the eve of the trial. The surprise decision to clear Carl Harris Jr. in the death of Tracy Harris. It continued with the arrest of Jeff Beasley came after the defense raised questions about Harris’ guilt. The authorities have another look at the case.
The Arrest Of The Wrong Culprit:
The decision to drop charges against Carl Harris was announced on his 55th birthday.
The Dothan Eagle reported that evidence showed Tracy Harris went missing on March 7, 1990. Her body was discovered by police a week later in the Choctawhatchee River.
An autopsy determined that she was drowned inside the water. The bruises on her neck give the signs of strangulation.
The case went unresolved until 2016 when Harris was arrested in South Carolina. After that, the police in Ozark reopened the investigation. He was freed from bond after his arrest warrant, records show, and his trial was set to begin on Monday.
A guy named Beasley, who was a friend of the couple at the time of the slaying. He admitted killing the woman, Adams said in the report
Defense Attorney David Harrison states the police hadn’t done anything to investigate on this matter. A new suspect was not found until after he filed a motion Friday implicating someone other than Harris.
The Harris’ daughter named Carolyn Aznavour said she was relieved to know her father did not kill her mother. But the twist is that she doesn’t remember either of them. Repeated delays resulted in the latest arrest of the culprit, she said. It happened all in the Lord’s timing, said Aznavour. Court records weren’t immediately available to show the progress of the incident. Neither Beasley had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf in the court.
Beasley guilty in 1991 to third-degree burglary and was sentenced to 15 years in jail. All this was stated in the court documents, but it is still not clear how much time he served.