Change of venue ordered in Calvin Harris murder trial
Published: January 17, 2014
In an order dated Jan. 14, 2014, a Change in Venue Motion was granted by the State of New York, Supreme Court's Appelate Division for Calvin Harris, the Tioga County businessman who was charged and then convicted twice for murder in connection with his wife's disappearance.
In the motion, it is noted that the indictment and action are removed from the Tioga County Court and transferred to the County Court in Schoharie County. The lawyer involved in this action, Donna Aldea, partner and head of Barket Marion Epstein & Kearon LLP’s Appellate and Post-Conviction Litigation Groups, stated that this type of motion is very rarely granted in general.
Calvin Harris was indicted by a Tioga County grand jury on one count of second-degree murder in the disappearance of his wife, Michele. The State Court of Appeals overturned the second-degree murder conviction of Harris, setting the stage for a third trial.
As of the time of this reporting,, we had not yet received statements from the Tioga County District Attorney, or additional information from the law office.