Posted: Apr 7, 2011 12:12 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Apr 7, 2011 6:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Prosecutors have rested their case against Greg Harris, who's accused of killing his wife Chiquita Tate at her law office in Baton Rouge.
Prosecutor Prem Burns rested after about two weeks of testimony, which included blood and DNA evidence taken from Tate's office and couple's home and a tape of police interrogating Harris.
Prosecutors are arguing Harris had a temper, which led to him killing Tate after an argument at her office. Investigators testified she had moved out and was planning to leave Harris, and that the murder appeared to have been a "crime of passion".
Defense attorney Lewis Unglesby has argued in cross-examination that someone else killed Tate, and the blood or DNA evidence may have come at any other time before the murder happened.
Today two Baker Police officers testified about a domestic disturbance they investigated between Harris and Tate. They said they found Tate outside their home in a nightgown when they arrived, and both she and Harris had injuries but they could not determine who the aggressor was.
Prosecutors also called two ex-girlfriends of Harris, one of whom testified that during their relationship Harris hit and choked her.