Count upholds manslaughter conviction

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Posted: Nov 7, 2012 8:47 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: greg harris, chiquita tate, lawyer, killed, stabbing, death, wbrz

BATON ROUGE- An appellate court has affirmed a Baker man's manslaughter conviction and 40-year prison sentence in the brutal stabbing death of his wife, lawyer Chiquita Tate, in her downtown Baton Rouge office.

A three-judge panel of the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal, however, said it found evidences that "would prove beyond a reasonable doubt ... all of the elements of second-degree murder."

East Baton Rouge Parish First Assistant District Attorney Prem Burns said Tuesday she felt the conviction should have been second-degree murder.

Greg Harris' appellate attorney said the appeals court's decision was disappointing and vowed to keep fighting.

A jury found Harris guilty of manslaughter in the Feb. 20, 2009, slaying of Tate. She was stabbed 43 times.

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