Charges dropped against man in wife's 1990 slaying

Published: Jan. 13, 2020 at 5:57 PM CST
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Authorities say they have dropped charges against a man arrested in the slaying of his wife after another suspect admitted to the 1990 killing on the eve of the trial.

The surprise decision to clear Carl Harris Jr. in the death of Tracy Harris and arrest Jeff Beasley came after the defense raised questions about Harris' guilt and authorities took another look at the case.

The case went unsolved until 2016, when Harris was arrested in South Carolina after police in Ozark reopened the investigation.

He was freed on bond shortly after his arrest, records show, and his trial was set to begin on Monday.

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