OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Carl Harris, the man who was once the primary suspect in his ex-wife Tracey Harris’s 1990 murder, is asking for $6 million in reparations for alleged mistreatment during the case’s investigation.
“I, Carl Harris, would like to put the City of Ozark on notice that I am demanding 6 million dollars for false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, emotional distress, humiliation, loss of enjoyment of life, pain, and suffering,” he wrote in an affidavit.
The murder of Tracey Harris was treated as a cold case for nearly 26 years after she was found dead in the Choctawhatchee River on March 14, 1990. Her ex-husband Carl Harris was arrested in the investigation in 2016 and was even indicted by a Dale County jury.
He was later exonerated after a key witness revealed information that led authorities to a new suspect: former friend Jeffrey Beasley. Beasley later confessed to the crime while in custody.
“The suspect gave details about the crime that only the killer would know,” Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker said at a press conference in January.
After being cleared for the crime, both Carl Harris and his attorney David Harrison were heavy critics of police and prosecutors.
“If they (did) their job like they’re supposed to be doing, none of this right here would be going on right now,” Carl Harris Jr. told reporters in January. “This would have been taken care of in 1990.”
“I think everybody involved in the case in investigatory level should resign, absolutely,” attorney David Harrison said.
However, not all involved agreed with these statements. The day after Carl Harris and his attorney spoke out, he and Tracey’s daughter Carolyn Ann Aznavour came to the defense of the Ozark Police Department and the prosecution.
“Kirk Adams and the DA Jordan, I don’t know how much I could thank (them),” she told WDHN.
In her mother’s honor, Aznavour created the Justice for Tracey Carol Gunter-Harris page on Facebook as a way to raise awareness and learn more about her mother.