***Copied from Phoenix New Times***
Murder Trial Postponed
by Guinda Reeves
December 25, 1996
The first degree murder and burglar trial of Ahwatukee resident James Cornel Harrod, 42, is postponed until February 14, 1997, at 9 A.M., with Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Reinstein presiding.|
Prosecuting attorneys Paul Ahler and Bill Culbertson said the case may not actually be tried until sometime in the spring.
The defendant, who remains jailed in Maricopa County, was in court for a "nonfirm" (tentatively scheduled) trial on December 20. However, his two defense attorneys, Michael Bernays and Tonya McMath, were delayed in another court trial in Mesa.
Harrod was charged in September 1995 in connection with the April 1, 1988, death of 55-year-old Phoenix socialite Jeanne Tovrea. She reportedly had been smothered and shot several times.
Jeanne Tovrea was the widow of millionaire Edward Tovrea-a former World War II prisoner of war, vice-president of T and C Cattle, and a descendant of one of Arizona's pioneer families.
Edward Tovrea, who died in 1984, reportedly left most of his estate to his wife, with a trust fund for his three children from a previous marriage; the trust fund allegedly was payable upon Jeanne Tovrea's death.
Both the search warrant and police record regarding Harrod were sealed at the time of his arrest in 1995.
"There will eventually come a time when it becomes a matter of public record, and I think everyone will understand why he was arrested," Maricopa County Attorney Richard Romley had said at that time.
Details about Harrod, who lived on Capistrano Ave., are sketchy. He had no known occupation at the time of his arrest. Neighbors had said that Harrod was quiet and mostly kept to himself.
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