Affidavit Gives Details on Newburgh Woman Accused of Murder

An Affidavit for Probable Cause provides details on a Crawford County shooting incident where a Newburgh woman was accused of murder.

Posted: Sep 4, 2020 2:17 PM
Updated: Sep 4, 2020 2:29 PM

Indiana State Police Detective Ryan Conrad in an Affidavit for Probable Cause details the reasons why he believes that on Aug. 28 in Crawford County, Indiana, 57-year-old Lisa Harris of Newburgh committed Murder.

Original Story Link: Newburgh Woman Charged With Homicide

On Friday, Aug. 28, Detective Conrad responded to a reported shooting at a campground located near Patoka Lake in Crawford County.

Lisa was the caller reporting the incident. In excerpts of the 911 call that were noted in the affidavit, Harris is quoted, saying she had shot Michael Harris.

When asked "what was going on before that" by the 911 operator, Lisa responded, "he hit me...[inaudable]...three times this month."

The affidavit says when the 911 operator asked if Michael was armed, Lisa replied, "nope."

Detective Conrad says that when he arrived at the scene, several other law enforcement agencies were already present. He was told that both Lisa and Michael were in "a complete state of nudity" when they were found.

By the time Detective Conrad had arrived, he says Michael had already been transported to the hospital by ambulance, but that before his transportation, he was found on the floor of the camper hallway in "severe distress."

A Crawford County Sheriff's Deputy told Detective Conrad that Michael said Lisa had shot him. Michael later died at the Jasper Memorial Hospital due to his injuries.

Meanwhile, a warranted search was granted to inspect the camper. Detective Conrad was told that a single 9-millimeter bullet was lodged in the wall of the camper in the bedroom area and that a 9-millimeter pistol was also found on the middle of the bed.

Another search warrant was applied, allowing Detective Conrad to document Lisa's physical injuries, which he says revealed no cuts, abrasions, bruising, or red markings that would indicate that any recent fights had taken place before the shooting happened.

Lisa was taken to the Crawford County Jail on Detective Conrad's belief that she had committed murder. 

An autopsy was performed on Michael, which showed that he died due to blood loss from a bullet wound.

All suspects are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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