A Michigan man has been found guilty of premeditated murder for lacing his wife's cereal milk with a lethal dose of heroin, according to multiple reports.
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After Christina Harris, then 36, was found unresponsive in her bed in 2014, the medical examiner originally ruled her death an accidental overdose. But family members cried foul, insisting that she was not a drug user. Investigators subsequently alleged that her death was the result of a murder scheme conceived by her husband, Jason Harris.
In 2019, five years after her death, the medical examiner's office amended her cause of death to homicide after a frozen sample of her breast milk came back negative for any trace of controlled substances. Prosecutors then moved forward with charges against the husband.
On Wednesday, Jason Harris, now 47, of Davison, Michigan, was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, solicitation of murder, and delivery of a controlled substance causing death, WDIV-TV reported.
Harris acknowledged that he had prepared a bowl of cereal for his wife the evening of Sept. 28 and that she experienced difficulty eating, according to the outlet. She remained in bed the next morning after her husband left for work with the couple's two children.
According to the authorities, Harris told police his wife wouldn't answer any of his calls or texts so he asked a neighbor to check on her. That neighbor reportedly found the door unlocked and Christina Harris unresponsive in bed and cold to the touch.
WNEM-TV reported that Jason Harris was also accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife and of having multiple affairs. He reportedly collected a $120,000 life insurance payout after Christina's death.
Just nine days after her death, Harris purchased an airline ticket to visit a woman in Rhode Island, prosecutors alleged. Then, two weeks after her death, another woman moved into the home.
"This was a very tragic case and my heart goes out to the family and friends," prosecutor David Leyton said. "The circumstances of this case make for a unique story and garner headlines in the media, but at the core of it, a family is mourning the loss of their loved one, and I can only hope that today's verdict will help them with closure as they continue to grieve and they can feel some sense of comfort in knowing that justice under the law has been served."
Harris faces a mandatory life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole when he returns to court on Dec. 10 for sentencing.
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