Michigan man accused of murdering wife by spiking cereal with heroin due in court Tuesday

Jason Harris allegedly spiked Christy Ann Thompson Harris' food

GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. – A Michigan man charged with murder after allegedly killing his wife by spiking her cereal with heroin is due in court.

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  • Jason Harris' preliminary examination is Tuesday.

Harris, 44, is accused of putting heroin in Christy Ann Thompson Harris' cereal in 2014.

What happened

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said Christina Harris' husband, Jason Harris, had a history of seeing other women outside their marriage. He allegedly told coworkers he wanted his wife gone. The prosecutor said at one point Jason Harris hired a hit man.

"Jason paid $5,000 to a guy to kill Christina and while this alleged hit man was doing surveillance on her the hit man was caught by police with a firearm," Leyton said.

The alleged hit man was on parole and sent back to prison. Investigators said Jason Harris then took matters into his own hands.

"We believe Jason Harris murdered his wife, we believe he put heroin into her cereal and milk the night she died," Leyton said.

Two years after Christina Harris' death was ruled an accidental overdose, a key piece of evidence was located at her parents' house.

"Police were able to secure three plastic packages of Christina's frozen breast milk placed in a cooler. All three were submitted to the crime lab. In each instance no controlled substance was detected," Leyton said.

Leyton said after years of piecing the case together, they finally had enough evidence to arrest Jason Harris. Bishop said he's glad for persistent police work.

"It's a relief to know justice is being served and the community can count on the police to do their job," Bishop said.

Leyton is looking at the $120,000 Harris received in life insurance after the death of his wife.

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