Grand Jury Indicts Clara Harris

Attorney: Harris To Plead Not Guilty

HOUSTON - A Harris County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Clara Harris, the dentist accused of killing her orthodontist husband with her silver Mercedes Benz, on a murder charge.

Defense attorney George Parnham said the grand jury's indictment wasn't a surprise.

"We expected the grand jury's action," Parnham said, adding that at Harris' next court appearance on Oct. 18, she will enter a not guilty plea. "I am convinced that she did not intend to in any way hurt or harm, or much less take the life of, her husband."

Parnham would not discuss specifics of the case.

Harris' trial date had previously been set for Jan. 21.

The incident happened the night of July 24 at the Hilton Nasa Clear Lake, Nasa Road 1, in Nassau Bay.

Prosecutors said Harris intentionally and knowingly murdered her husband David of 10 years in the hotel's parking lot on after confronting him and another woman at the hotel.

Harris, 44, initially told reporters her husband's death was "an accident" and has not spoken publicly since. Parnham said family of the dead man's husband has been supportive of his client.

Earlier that day, Harris had hired a private investigation agency to trail her husband, whom she suspected of having an affair with the woman. An investigator taped what occurred that night in the parking lot.

Parnham said he has not seen the investigator's videotape. But, based on interviews with witnesses, he thinks it might help his client, who went to the hotel that night with her husband's 16-year-old daughter.

Lindsey Harris said in a court filing shortly after her father's death that she witnessed her stepmother "kill my father, David L. Harris, by striking him with her Mercedes Benz."

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