Greg Harris convicted


POSTED: Monday, April 11, 2011 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 11:49am

THIS IS AN NBC33 UPDATE: Greg Harris was convicted of killing his former girlfriend, Baton Rouge attorney Chiquita Tate.

After three hours of deliberation, a jury of his peers found Harris guilty of Manslaughter in Tate's death.

Neither side was happy with the verdict; Harris's family was extremely upset, and had to be escorted out of the building by police, while Tate's family was angry the jury didn't convict Harris on murder charges.

Sentencing is set for June 20. The maximum sentence for manslaughter is 40 years.


THIS IS AN NBC33 UPDATE: Friday, April 8, the defense has rested its case against Greg Harris. Closing Statements will be heard tomorrow, Saturday, April 9.

THIS IS AN NBC33 UPDATE: The prosecution rests after they called Harris' ex-girlfriend and mother of his child to the witness stand. According to her testimony, one ex-girlfriend says Harris choked her on one occasion and would often lose his temper. Next in the trial, the defense began their case to the jury this later in the day.

Original story: The sister of slain attorney Chiquita Tate took the stand on March 28.

The trial accusing Greg Harris of murdering his wife two years ago continued in downtown Baton Rouge.

Opening statements in that case began March 25 after nearly a week of jury selection. Today, the prosecution called several witnesses, and the defense presented a series of taped phone calls between Harris and Tate's sister.

If convicted, the prosecution will seek the death penalty.

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