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Husband testifies in Starr Harris murder trial

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(WMC-TV) - Rick Harris, the husband of murdered mother of three Starr Harris, took the stand Thursday in his wife's murder trial.

Rick Harris was questioned about the extramarital affair he had with his ex-wife, Rebecca Harris, while he was still married to Starr Harris.

The judge did not allow testimony about the affair to be hear by the jury.

Earlier this week, some of Starr Harris' neighbors said they saw suspect Rickey Bell the day she was murdered.

They said Bell was at Starr Harris' Tipton County home around the last time she was heard from.

After dark on June 1, 2010, Starr Harris' badly beaten body was found in the woods behind her Drummonds, Tennessee house.

"I didn't know where her body was," said Rick Harris.  "I just went to the direction where everybody was going."

Bell, who is on trial for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Starr Harris, admitted he went by the Harris home that day to find out why he was shorted $50 in his paycheck.  However, Bell denied he went inside before leaving.

"Never heard nothing about it," said Rick Harris.

Lawrence James with the TBI testified about DNA evidence collected at the scene, including a condom found after the crime.

"I generated a profile from the outside of the condom and got a full profile," said James.  "That profile matched Rickey Bell."

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