Attorney calls for resignation of Ozark police chief, others following cold case developments

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — The attorney for the man formerly accused of killing his ex-wife is asking for the resignation of Ozark police servicemembers after his client was misidentified as the suspect in her murder.

“If they (did) their job like they’re supposed to be doing, none of this right here would be going on right now,” former suspect Carl Harris Jr. said. “This would have been taken care of in 1990.”

Ozark police arrested Harris on Sept. 13, 2016, for the murder of his ex-wife Tracy Harris. Her body was discovered in the Choctawhatchee River. The case remained cold until Harris became the key suspect.

On Jan.13th, District Attorney Kirke Adams announced the charges were dropped. As it turns out, a former friend, Jeff Beasley, confessed to killing Tracy.

Now, Harris’ attorney is calling for the resignation of Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker and his cold case investigation unit.

“I think everybody involved in the case in investigatory level should resign, absolutely,” attorney David Harrison said.

“They stood there and said we have our man,” he added. “We have a strong circumstantial case. Obviously, they were wrong.”

Harris said there is nothing that can make up for having to go through the judicial process like this.

“There ain’t nothing they can say to apologize for what they did to me, the past three years, the past 30 years, what they put me through and everything,” he said.

Harris said he would like to restore his relationship with his daughter.

“First thing, I wanted to do is go after my daughter and tell her I love her,” he said.

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