By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
Robert Lee Harris Jr., 30, who was charged on January, 10, with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Tanisha Stuart-Harris, 38, may have planned the murder days before her death.
Autopsy results show she was strangled, according to court documents.
According to court documents, police were called to the couple’s apartment in Overland Park, Kansas on a domestic disturbance call. When police arrived they noticed red stains on the carpet and broken glass, but police did not find anything abnormal in the apartment complex’s dumpster.
However, a witness told police he saw Harris pushing a large trash bin to his SUV and noted that the bin seemed to contain a heavy object. He told police that he heard loud, thumping noises as Harris struggled to move the trash bin.
Harris was seen making two more trips from the apartment carrying two white trash bags.
A witness also told police that they heard what sounded like someone yelling, “Help me”.
Police said that they were called back to Harris’ apartment later that night, where he reported his wife missing. Police noticed the smell of bleach and police allege, in court documents, Harris had been trying to remove the stains police contend were there earlier from the carpet.
After the conversation, police allege that Harris confessed to being “involved” in his wife’s disappearance. The next morning Mrs. Stuart Harris’ body was found in a rural area in Raymore, Mo., in a trash bag on January 9.
During the investigation, police found a receipt from Walmart that showed he had purchased the trash bin, a filleting knife, trash bags, carpet cleaner, knives and other items several days before the murder.
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