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Woman accused of killing, burying man

October 6, 2009

GARLAND, Texas, Oct. 6 (UPI) — Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of a woman accused of killing a man buried beneath a concrete slab in the yard of his Garland, Texas, home.

Charged with capital murder is Kwaneta Harris, who police said also paid another woman to falsely confess to killing Michael Giles, 46, a military retiree, The Dallas Morning News reported. Giles’s body was found a year after he was reported missing in October 2007.

In an opening statement, Prosecutor Josh Healy said Harris and Giles had an on-and-off relationship for 10 years that ended when she shot him in the back of the head, the Morning News reported. He said she then buried him in his backyard, where the body lay undiscovered for more than a year.

Healy said Harris stole $200,000 from Giles, a 46-year-old Air Force retiree, after he died.

Defense attorneys Richard Franklin and Robbie McClung conceded Harris stole the money but said Harris did not kill Giles, the Morning News reported.

After Giles vanished, his house was foreclosed on and leased to someone else, police said. One day, the new residents came home and found the concrete slab behind their house.

“We just couldn’t figure out why it was poured,” the newspaper reported Garland police spokesman Joe Harn as saying when the body was found. “It wasn’t an extension of a patio. It wasn’t big enough for someone to sit out on.”

Police said “financial dealings” led them to Harris.



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