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70-year-old Northern California woman held in killing of her husband

  • This Jan. 6, 2013 law enforcement photo from the El Dorado County, Calif., Sheriff's Department shows Colleen Ann Harris. Harris, 70, is being held without bail after being arrested for allegedly killing her husband, the second time in nearly 30 years she's been accused of killing a husband. El Dorado County officials say Harris was arrested Jan. 6 after deputies were called to her home in rural Placerville and found 72-year-old Robert Harris dead of a gunshot wound. In 1985, Harris, then known as Colleen Ann Batten, was charged with killing her then-husband, James Batten, but was acquitted of murder after claiming the shooting was self-defense. (AP Photo/El Dorado County Sheriff)

SACRAMENTO — A 70-year-old Northern California woman was being held without bail after being arrested for allegedly killing her husband — the second time in nearly 30 years she's been accused of killing a spouse.

Colleen Ann Harris was arrested last week, when deputies were called to her home in rural Placerville and found 72-year-old Robert Harris dead of a gunshot wound, El Dorado County officials said.

Robert Harris was identified by officials as Colleen Harris' husband, though Sacramento television station CBS13 reported the (http://cbsloc.al/X6AlRD ) the couple divorced in 2004, but later reconciled.

Harris' arrest came more than a decade after she was charged in the 1985 shotgun killing of her then-husband, 46-year-old James Batten.

In that case, prosecutors claimed she had killed Batten over a property dispute. Her defense attorney argued that the killing was self-defense because of ongoing abuse, The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/SuK1JR ) reported Sunday.


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