"Black Widow" 70-year-old Woman suspected in deadly shooting, Suspected Of Killing Husband, 72
She’ll be arraigned as early as today in what could be a case of deja vu decades later.
At 70 years old, you wouldn’t think it by looking at her, but some might call colleen Harris a black widow.
Through sources and researching Placerville Mountain Democrat newspaper archives, CBS13 has uncovered that Harris was arrested for murdering another husband almost 30 years ago, in July 1985.
According to records, prosecutors played her 911 call in court: “I think I shot my husband. I think, I don’t know, I don’t remember. I don’t know if I even shot him.”
But proving murder in cold blood proved to be a problem for the prosecution. A jury ended up acquitting her in the death of James Batten.
When asked why, the jury foreman told the Mountain Democrat, “The net result was that we felt there was insufficient proof of intent to commit murder. There were a few things we felt that didn’t make sense.”
But the circumstances behind the two cases are eerily similar. Sources tell us both husbands were killed behind the walls of the same home with a shotgun blast.
Her attorney from her first trial appears to be representing Harris again, although he didn’t return our call for comment.
“When we seen all the police officers and we knew there was trouble, we knew someone got killed,” a neighbor said.
A law enforcement source told CBS13 the call for help came not from Harris but her attorney. The source said Harris called him after the killing.
A woman in El Dorado County was arrested in connection with a weekend shooting death.
The El Dorado County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of a homicide on Sunday.
When they arrived, they met with Colleen Harris and shortly after began an investigation.
Once inside the home on the 3200 block of Wilderness Court, deputies found a male victim who had suffered a fatal gunshot wound.