Last Updated on March 20th, 2017
March 20th, 2017
Written by Chuck Samples
The Burlington man who allegedly killed his mother some six weeks ago has formally pleaded not guilty in the case.
Daniel Harris, 30, had a preliminary hearing last week and then was bound over for arraignment, which also took place last week. He pleaded not guilty to a single count of second-degree murder and was set for a motions hearing May 11.
Harris allegedly shot 61-year-old Niki Harris to death during an incident at his Burlington home Feb. 1. She died several days after the shooting.
Court documents provided to KVOE News indicate there was an argument between Harris and his wife over alcohol use. Deputies in the affidavit say Niki Harris came over to the residence and picked up one of two guns at the scene. Harris got the second gun and then threatened to hurt himself but turned the handgun on his mother and fired once when she advanced towards him, hitting her in the abdomen. Harris' wife and 5-month-old child were in an adjoining room, and authorities say the bullet missed them by less that two feet.
The affidavit says Harris had a blood alcohol level of 0.113 about 30 to 45 minutes after the shooting. The legal limit in Kansas is 0.08.