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Convicted Husband Killer: Clara Harris Paroled after 15 Years

The Woman That Killed her Cheating Husband With Her Mercedes-Benz

Murderer Clara Harris smiles while being released from prison

Clara Harris released from prison.

Clara Harris released from prison.

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 on 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.

The Affair

In 2002, Harris, the well-known Friendswood, Texas dentist hired a private investigator, Bobbi Bacha. 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.

The Confrontation

After learning of her husband’s affair, Harris rushed over to the Hilton along Nassau Bay in Houston. She had received intel that led her to the Hilton, where she expected to find her husband and his lover. Upon her arrival, 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

The Weapon

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

Clara Harris' Mercedes-Benz

Clara Harris' Mercedes-Benz

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The Murder

The murder of David Harris was caught on videotape. You could not see the video clearly enough to see the Mercedes-Benz run David Harris’ body over, but the tape clearly conveyed the incident. On July 24, 2002, at 8:43 pm, a Mercedes-Benz in the hotel parking lot had driven around in several circles and appeared to have been running over an object, repeatedly.

The murder of David Harris, caught on videotape.

The murder of David Harris, caught on videotape.

The Prosecution

The prosecution attempted to convict Harris of First-Degree Murder, which carried 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, committed without any premeditation but in a circumstance of great emotional disturbance.

Clara Harris and George Parnham.

Clara Harris and George Parnham.

The Jury

The jury convicted Harris of Manslaughter, which carried a 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.

The Conditions of Parole

Harris will remain on parole for the next five years. The conditions of her parole state that she must stay away from her husband’s family, which includes her stepdaughter; In addition to that, she must stay away from her husband’s mistress; Moreover, she is required to wear a GPS ankle monitor, undergo routine drug and alcohol testing, and live in Galveston County only.

Harris has two twin sons with her husband, David. They have both grown into young adults, in their twenties, and attend college. Harris has not commented to the media about her near future.

© 2018 Kai-alexander Morgan

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