Betancourt Murder Conviction Reversed on Appeal            

        During a two week trial, Mr. Harris spent considerable time and effort successfully objecting to evidence offered by the prosecution.  At the conclusion of the trial, he felt there was not sufficient evidence to even prove a murder had been committed.  But the circumstantial evidence was most incriminating.  But Mr. Harris was still disappointed when the jury convicted of first degree murder and handed out a 50 year sentence.  It was therefore most gratifying when the Virginia Court of Appeals reversed the conviction on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence to prove a murder had been committed.  This case was called the "Black Widow" case since Ms. Betancourt was accused of killing her much older paramour to obtain $500,000 from an insurance policy she had purchased just days before his death.









































































































































































































































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