Count upholds manslaughter conviction
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.