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Woman charged with murder in 3rd husband's death

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - It's a déjà vu murder case in El Dorado County court.

A Placerville woman acquitted almost 30 years ago for killing her second husband is now charged with killing her third husband.

Colleen Ann Harris, 70, made her first court appearance Wednesday charged with homicide and the enhancement of use of a firearm, according to her assistant defense attorney Dane Weiner. Weiner's father, David Weiner, represented Harris in her first murder trial in 1985 and will represent her in this case.

El Dorado County sheriff deputies arrested Harris Sunday after her husband Robert Harris, 72, was found dead inside her Wilderness Court home.

Robert Harris was a retired law enforcement officer and was active in EDSO's STAR volunteer program, in which retired officers assist the sheriff's office. Robert Harris was well-liked and respected, according to his peers and supervisors.

Colleen Harris was previously charged with murder and placed on trial for her second husband's shooting death in 1985. Sheriff deputies found the body of James Roger Batten beaten and shot in their home.

According to a Mountain Democrat article from 1985, Harris, known then as Colleen Batten, testified at trial that Batten "threatened to kill her and laughed about raping Harris' daughter from a previous marriage."

Harris was acquitted.

Harris' defense attorney couldn't appear at her arraignment, because he had a previously scheduled trial. Harris' arraignment will continue on Jan. 16. She's being held without bail.


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