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Police: Wife Runs Over Husband 3 Times, Parks On Him

Attorney To Decide If Clara Harris Will Attend Husband's Funeral

UPDATED: 2:58 p.m. EDT July 26, 2002

A Houston-area dentist appeared in a Harris County courtroom Friday, accused of running over her orthodontist husband and killing him after suspecting him of having an affair.

Clara Harris, 44, walked into the Harris County Courthouse neatly dressed in a business suit for her probable cause hearing, where prosecutors explain to the court why a defendant needs to held over for trial.

Harris stood quietly in the courtroom, while prosecutors explained why she's been charged with murder.

Harris has hired George Parnham to represent her. Parnham is best known for representing Andrea Pia Yates, the mother who drowned her five children.

"I'm going to take a look at the circumstances," Parnham said. "Not only of what occurred, but also any statements made by her (and) will talk to all of the witnesses in this case.

When asked about her husband's death early Thursday, Clara Harris told News2Houston that, "It was an accident."

The incident happened shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Hilton Nasa Clear Lake in Nassau Bay, Texas.

Investigators said that Clara Harris confronted her husband, David Lynn Harris, in the hotel's lobby, where a fight broke out.

The argument moved to the hotel's parking lot, where Clara Harris got behind the wheel of her Mercedes-Benz, hopped the median and ran her husband over three times, leaving the car on top of his body, authorities said. Also in the car at the time was the husband's teenage daughter from a previous marriage, and she saw her father die. The couple had two other children.

Police said that Clara Harris had long suspected her husband was cheating on her, and that her suspicions were allegedly confirmed by a private investigator.

Clara Harris is free on a $30,000 bond. But as a condition of her freedom, the judge ordered her not to have any contact with the woman her husband was with that night or to come within 200 feet of the woman's home or office.

Parnham said that he will decide if Clara Harris should attend her husband's funeral.

David Harris' funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. in Pearland, Texas.

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