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Expert: Harris' DNA found under Tate's fingernails

4 years ago April 05, 2011 Apr 5, 2011 Tuesday, April 05 2011 Tuesday, April 05, 2011 1:04:57 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- A DNA Expert from Texas told jurors DNA evidence from Greg Harris was found underneath Chiquita Tate's fingernails.

That same expert also testified that a second unidentified man's DNA was also found under Tate's nails after she was murdered.

Her husband, Greg Harris, is accused of stabbing her to death at least 40 times in her downtown law office two years ago. 

"I know Greg Harris did not kill his wife," Defense Attorney Lewis Unglesby said.  "I think all we've proven so far is the poor lady died and Greg got arrested."

Prosecutors believe the evidence that has been presented so far has been clear.

"There is some bogus, irrational, unreasonable explanation for every piece of evidence in this case," Prosecutor Prem Burns said.

Throughout court testimony, expert witnesses have told jurors they found a mixture of the couple's blood inside Harris' car and on a clorox bottle in the couple's home.

Testimony continued with a forensic hair expert.  He said a piece of hair found in Tate's hand at the crime scene did not match any of the wigs Tate had in her closet.  Testimony will likely continue through the week.

If convicted, Harris faces life in prison.

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