Fluker was known as a nuisance around the hotel; the employees often
called the cops on him for trespassing or "terrorizing" other residents,
according to a public defenders' press release. He had stored property
in Harris' room and was apparently retrieving it when he got a knife to
A jury today acquitted Harris of second degree murder and involuntary
manslaughter. They failed to reach a verdict on the voluntary
manslaughter charge. The prosecutor can now decide whether to retry the
case on that charge, says public defender spokeswoman Tamara Aparton.
As the Chron
this was a jury with some legal expertise in its corner: Defense
attorney Tony Tamburello was empaneled.
While Harris was found not guilty, he's still not a free man. He's been
in custody for the last 14 months since the killing was a probation
violation (he had been on probation for a petty theft). His future dinner guests are advised to knock before entering.
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