Jury Could Begin Deliberating Tuesday

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

We are learning more about the accused trigger man in the murder of former Harlan County Sheriff Paul Browning Junior.

If convicted, Raymond Harris could face the death penalty.

The prosecution finished presenting their case and Raymond Harris' defense attorneys had a chance to call a few of their own witnesses.

They say Harris' was a drunk who's not responsible for the murder.

Two men admit to having roles in a plot to kill former Harlan County Sheriff Paul Browning Junior, while he was campaigning for re-election.

Dewayne Harris and Johnny Epperson point the finger at Raymond Harris.

They say he's the one who used a pistol, that was later recovered in the Cumberland River, to shoot Browning in the back of the head.

Harris' defense attorneys say Harris was an alcoholic not a murderer.

“The drinking got worse as time went by,” Donna Harris said.

Harris' former wife of nearly 20 years says Raymond Harris changed drastically after he was electrically shocked in a construction accident in the 70s.

“You could follow it. It trailed completely over every part of his body and the palm of his hand was blown.” Donna Harris said.

Having trouble recovering she says Harris soon became an alcoholic.

Donna: He'd sit down there and drink and pass out across the railroad tracks like it was a bed. he'd use the rail as a pillow.

Attorney: On an active rail?

Donna: Yeah.

Raymond Harris' son-in-law says he saw Harris just a short time before Paul Browning Junior was killed.

“He was drinking. He was really drunk and he couldn't even talk. I borrowed $10 off him,” Daniel Miller said.

Defense attorneys say that shows Raymond Harris was incapable of committing the murder.

The defense and prosecution both wrapped up their cases today.

They'll make their closing arguments Tuesday morning and by noon Tuesday the jury will likely be deliberating the fate of Raymond Harris, who could get the death penalty if convicted.

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  • by Kevin Location: Pikeville on Mar 24, 2008 at 08:06 PM
    Looks like Harris and Epperson seen an escape goat, blame the "drunk". They seen someone to blame. I hope the jury sees that.


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