Toronto Sun

Tuesday, August 6, 2002

Tape rolling as wife flattens hubby

By AP -- Toronto Sun

HOUSTON -- Suspecting her husband of having an affair, Clara Harris did what wealthy wives can afford to do: She hired an investigator.

But what the private eye saw could become Exhibit A against Harris herself.

As the investigator's video camera rolled, an enraged Harris ran her silver Mercedes-Benz over her husband three times in a parking lot. He died there, while his 16-year-old daughter watched.

"It was an accident," Harris, a 44-year-old dentist, said after her arrest on murder charges.


The incident occurred July 24 outside a hotel after Harris confronted her orthodontist husband, David, and got into a screaming fight with the alleged other woman.

Bobbi Bacha of Blue Moon Investigations said the agency turned over to police a videotape that contains "all of the activities and movements of the subject to the very end."

Harris' lawyer, George Parnham, said last week that she will plead not guilty at her Aug. 23 arraignment. She remains free on $30,000 US bail.

Parnham, who unsuccessfully defended Andrea Yates, the Houston mother who claimed insanity after drowning her five children in the bathtub, suggested that this case, too, would hinge on the defendant's state of mind.

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