HOUSTON - Clara Harris sued her former attorney for allegedly overcharging her, but the jury decided Friday that she owes him much more, KPRC Local 2 reported.
The woman who was convicted of murder after running over her cheating husband claims her attorney, George Parnham, exploited her case by agreeing to TV and book deals, and that he overcharged her.
Parnham counter-sued, claiming Harris still owes him $90,000.
Jurors sided with Parnham, granting him a judgment of about $70,000. The jury also ordered Harris to pay Parnham's legal fees for the case, totaling nearly $400,000.
Harris hired a Blue Moon investigator to spy on her husband, David, in 2002. The investigator captured video of Clara Harris running over David Harris in her Mercedes outside a Nassau Bay hotel on July 24, 2002.
Parnham testified in the civil trial that part of his media strategy in which he billed Harris was to refute those images of Harris running over her husband.
Prosecutor Mia Magness testified that the public did not see the video until Harris' criminal trial in 2003.
Harris is five years into a 20-year prison sentence. She will be eligible for parole in five years.
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