A Dale County judge postponed the trial of a man accused in the 1990 death of his wife.
Carl Harris Jr. was charged in 2016 for the murder of his wife, Tracy Harris.
District Attorney Kirke Adams requested the trial be reset for the November term of court, saying the state would do its best to have all witnesses available in November.
Dale County Judge Kimberly Clark issued an order granting the continuance and set Harris’ trial for Nov. 4.
Police arrested Carl Harris in September 2016 in South Carolina, where he had been living for two months, after Ozark police reopened the investigation into the 1990 death of Tracy Harris, who had initially been reported missing.
Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker said investigators were able to locate multiple witnesses who provided information that led to the developing a person of interest in the investigation.
Ozark Police Investigator Lt. Jimmy “J.C.” Culbreath, supervisor of the department’s cold case unit, testified during Carl Harris Jr.’s preliminary hearing that Tracy Harris went missing on Wednesday, March 7, 1990. Her body was discovered in the Choctawhatchee River off County Road 20 on March 14, 1990. An autopsy determined that Tracy Harris died by drowning, and that there was water and sand found in her lungs. But the autopsy noted bruising on the side of the victim’s neck consistent with strangulation.
Culbreath testified the victim and Carl Harris Jr. had divorced prior to her death, but apparently stayed together after the divorce. When authorities found the victim in the river, she was naked from the waist up. Police found her clothes elsewhere, Culbreath testified.
On April 9, 2018, Harris entered a plea of not guilty and waived his arraignment hearing.