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Convicted Husband Killer: Clara Harris Paroled after 15 Years

Updated on May 13, 2018
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Morgan is working on an Associate of Arts Degree w/Field of Study in Mass Communications-Broadcast Journalism. He graduates in 2020.

Murderer Clara Harris smiles while being released from prison

Clara Harris released from prison.
Clara Harris released from prison. | Source

The Parole

The sixty-year-old convicted killer, Clara Harris, was released from the Christina Melton Crain Unit, Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison for females in Gatesville, Texas the morning of Friday, May 11, 2018. She was granted parole after serving fifteen years of her twenty-year prison term.

Clara and David Harris wedding photo.
Clara and David Harris wedding photo. | Source

The Affair

In 2002, Harris the well-known Friendswood, Texas dentist hired a private investigator, Bobbi Bacha because she suspected her husband, forty-four-year-old, Orthodontist David Harris of having an affair.

David Harris, Clara Harris and David's daughter Lindsey.
David Harris, Clara Harris and David's daughter Lindsey. | Source

The Confrontation

After learning of her husband’s affair, Harris rushed over to the Hilton along Nassau Bay in Houston, this was where Harris was told, that her husband was currently located at with his mistress. She confronted her husband’s receptionist-turned mistress in the parking lot of the hotel, Gail Bridges.

Hilton @ Nassau Bay in Houston
Hilton @ Nassau Bay in Houston | Source

The Weapon

Immediately after the confrontation, she used her Mercedes-Benz to strike David and run over him repeatedly. Harris had David’s daughter; her step-daughter in the front seat of her Mercedes-Benz at the time. David’s daughter testified against her step-mother at the trial.

Clara Harris' Mercedes-Benz
Clara Harris' Mercedes-Benz | Source

The Murder

The murder of David Harris was caught on videotape. You cannot see the video clearly enough to see the Mercedes-Benz running over David Harris’ body, but the tape clearly shows that on July 24, 2002, at 8:43 pm, a Mercedes-Benz in the hotel parking lot was going around in several circles, running over something in the Mercedes path over and over again.

The murder of David Harris, caught on videotape.
The murder of David Harris, caught on videotape. | Source

The Prosecution

The prosecution attempted to convict Harris of First Degree Murder, which carries a sentence of life in prison in the State of Texas.

The Defense

Harris’ attorney, George Parnham presented a defense of sudden passion. According to the Black's Law Dictionary, sudden passion is a phrase that describes a violent act that is committed without any premeditation but in a circumstance of great emotional disturbance.

Clara Harris and George Parnham.
Clara Harris and George Parnham. | Source

The Jury

The jury convicted Harris of Manslaughter, which carried the twenty-year prison sentence.

Clara Harris stands beside her legal team. Harris' attorney, George Parnham.
Clara Harris stands beside her legal team. Harris' attorney, George Parnham. | Source

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The Conditions of Parole

Harris will be on parole for the next five years. The conditions of her parole are that she must stay away from her husband’s family, which includes her step-daughter, in addition to that, she must stay away from her husband’s mistress. She must wear a GPS ankle monitor, undergo routine drug and alcohol testing and live in Galveston County.

Harris has two twin sons with her husband, David. Her sons are now grown, in their twenties, attending college. Harris hasn’t commented to the media about her foreseeable future.

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