Clara Harris backed over her husband with her Mercedes in a Nassau Bay hotel parking lot last July. Her highly-anticipated murder trial is due to begin on January 21st. Now things are beginning to get interesting.
The personnel file of a slain orthodontist's receptionist is missing, just a month before the orthodontist's wife is set to go to trial for running over and killing her husband.
The receptionist, Gail Bridges, was having an affair with orthodontist David Harris, 44, when he was killed in a Nassau Bay hotel parking lot in July. His dentist wife, Clara Harris, is accused of running over him with her Mercedes-Benz after finding him and Bridges. She has been charged with murder.
Clara Harris' attorney, George Parnham, said Tuesday the office staff told him that Bridges' employment file was taken during a break-in at Space Center Orthodontics at 1140 Clear Lake City Blvd.
"That's my understanding that that's the file that is missing," Parnham said.
The burglary occurred sometime between Dec. 22 and Sunday, when it was discovered. Bridges' employment file was one of many items reported stolen from the newly opened office that was to serve as the main office for David Harris before he was killed.
Once Harris' trial actually begins, the media circus promises to be in full bloom. It should be an interesting charade, but the sad reality here is that a man is dead, and his 16-year-old daughter was a captive witness- she was in Clara Harris' Mercedes.
On the night David Harris was killed, Clara Harris, 44, had encountered her husband of 10 years with Bridges in the hotel lobby. The two women were involved in a fight before hotel personnel, witnesses and David Harris separated them.
When David Harris escorted Bridges to her sport utility vehicle, witnesses say Clara Harris got into her luxury sedan and sped toward the two. She sideswiped Bridges' 2000 Lincoln Navigator and hit David Harris, propelling his body about 25 feet in the air.
Clara Harris then went over a grassy median and ran over her husband again. All the while, David Harris' 16-year-old daughter from a previous marriage sat in the front seat of the sedan, screaming and trying to get out of the car.
After being arrested, Clara Harris said the incident was "an accident."
The day before her husband was killed, Clara Harris had hired a Clear Lake-area private detective agency to document the affair. An investigator following the two caught the scene on videotape outside the hotel.
Oops? I think not....