BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The husband of slain Baton Rouge attorney Chiquita Tate has been charged with her murder after detectives say they found a mixture of his and her blood on at least two different items.
An arrest warrant in the case alludes to a pending divorce as a possible motive in the murder. Detectives say the slain attorney was stabbed 38 times. Greg Harris, 37, was charged with second-degree murder and illegal use of a dangerous weapon.
According to an arrest warrant in the case, police say they found a mixture of Tate's blood and her husband's blood on two different items, including a pair of safety glasses found under the seat of her car and on a bottle of Clorox found inside Harris' home. The warrant states detectives sent the safety glasses to the State Police Crime Lab and the blood "tested positive for a mixture of the victim's blood and defendant's blood."
During a search of Harris's home, "a Clorox botttle was found with blood stains on it," the warrant states. It states the bottle was also sent to the crime lab and "tested positive for a mixture of the victim's blood and defendant's blood." According to the arrest warrant, Tate was "planning on divorcing the defendant due to marital problems." Tate had leased her own apartment, police said.
Judge Tony Marabella initially jailed Harris on February 22nd, two days after Tate was found dead. Harris was jailed for contempt of court for failing to appear in court on an outstanding traffic charge. During a hearing on that case Monday morning, Harris was ordered to pay a $10 fine and was going to be released from jail later in the day. At that point, detectives filed the murder charges against him.
The arrest warrant states when police first interviewed Harris, just after his wife's body was found, they allegedly noticed "injuries to his hands and left arm which appeared to be cuts and scratches."
Chiquita Tate, 34, was found dead in her office on Third Street at 6:00am on February 20th.