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Cary husband's trial delayed to November

Posted August 27, 2009

— Judge Donald Stephens granted a defense motion Thursday to continue the trial of Harish Patel until November. Patel, who is charged with the death of his estranged wife, will stand trial beginning Nov. 30.

Harish Purushottamdas Patel, 60, and Vanlata Patel, 57, had been married since 1996 and had adult children from previous marriages. She filed for divorce in November, and court records indicate the two had a dispute with over how their financial assets, including more than $400,000 in Swiss bank accounts, should be divided.

After her son, Ashesh Patel, reported her missing Jan. 18, 2008, Mecklenburg County, Va., authorities identified a body found along Interstate 85 as hers.

According to an affidavit, her partially clothed, charred body was found wrapped in a comforter and tied with rope.


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  • luvbailey Aug 27, 2009

    I just don't understand why it takes so long to commence these trials. Just a couple of weeks ago they started a 1st degree murder trial in Durham and the crime had been committed over 3 years ago! The defendant had been in custody almost the entire time (arrested 1 month after the crime). And it took 3 years to try the Britt man accused of murdering his wife, then 3 more years to RE-TRY and convict him. 6 years from the time of the crime. I just don't understand it.

  • shortcake53 Aug 27, 2009

    His assests wont do him much good in prison. Lawyers will take it all anyway. Wonder if he's rethinking his plan now??