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this is "nightline." >> tonight, a father is tried a fourth time for murdering his wife. but his family always believed he's innocent and hopes that new bombshell evidence from this fire might finally clear him. if he's allowed at trial. the latest chapter in a 15-year saga. cockpit confidential. a flight grounded just this past weekend after the pilot was arrested and charged with showing up to work without alcohol in his system. >> seat buts securely pass accepted --
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what would you do if you caught a pilot drinking before a flight? the dancing king. dancing the rumba, boogying without hearing the beat. the deaf "dancing with the stars" fan favorite. who follows signals and taps to stay in step. but first the "nightline 5." >> don't let dust and allergies get between you and life's beautiful moments. with flonase they won't. when we breathe in allergens our bodies react by overproducing six key inflammatory substances that cause our symptoms. most allergy pills control one substance, flonase controls six. flonase outperforms the number one allergy pill. seize those moments wherever you find them. flonase, six is greater than one changes everything.
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good evening. thanks for joining us. tonight a man who's been put on trial not once, not twice, but four times for killing his wife. his children growing up amidst all the turmoil. what happened to their mother and will their father go to jail? cal harris' defense team claims to have new crucial evidence. but will it be permitted in court? abc's matt gutman has the latest. >> did you kill michelle? >> absolutely not. absolutely not. and the fact that i'm sitting here and having to go through this is just a horror show. >> reporter: for 15 years, cal harris has been adamant he did not kill his wife. >> nobody should have to go through this. nobody. >> reporter: in fact, he has given that same plea not once, not twice, but three times. >> neither a murder weapon nor her body has been found. >> reporter: the first two guilty convictions overturned.
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through it all, his four children supporting their dad. >> it was unfair. we shouldn't have to live at home without both parents. especially because our dad didn't do anything. >> reporter: today marking the beginning of cal harris' fourth trial. a judge granting the team's request to waive a jury, meaning the verdict is now in the hands of the judge. his team confident that new information they've obtained will finally prove harris' innocence. >> we had evidence at the third trial that two individuals had burned bloody clothing in a burn pit about seven miles from where michelle and cal live. we dug up that burn pit and found physical evidence crockett corroborating clothing was burned there. >> reporter: evidence found this january in this outdoor fire pit located in the home once owned by stacy stewart, the man the defense suspects was last seen with michelle harris the day she went missing. according to a filed motion, the items found by a forensics team
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shoulder strap from a bra, a knife blade, a woman's bathing suit, the latch of a woman's handbag, and two fragments of charred fabric, one dark blue or black, the other light colored. >> those colors match the coloring of the clothe mag she will harris was wearing the night she disappeared. she had on, as was described, a navy blue golf or polo shirt and a pair of khaki shorts. >> reporter: now it's up to the judge to decide if the evidence is allowed to be introduced during the fourth trial. unlike with a jury, with a judge you just need that one person to feel, maybe there's not proof beyond a reasonable doubt. for the defense's perspective, that could be their best bet. >> reporter: cal and michelle met in 1987. he was a millionaire car salesman and she a pretty office worker. >> she was just a stunningly beautiful girl. she was fun. she had a great personality. >> reporter: they built this
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york and had four kids. but things started to fall apart. >> i was working at the business, working a lot of hours. we weren't able to spend as much time together alone as we had before. and so that put a -- started to put a strain on our relationship. >> reporter: they decided to get a divorce but they were still living under the same roof. >> i couldn't change diapers, i couldn't be here with kids during the day. so i just tried to provide for her as best i could. >> reporter: but then on the night of september 11th, 2001, a night when most families were huddling together, michelle disappeared from the driveway of their house. >> hi, this is michelle. leave me your name and number and i'll call you back as soon as i can. >> reporter: you can hear her on voice mail. >> michelle, honey, this is mary calling. please call me if you can. >> reporter: the growing concern of friends as the hours passed. >> where the hell are you? you need to call me as soon as
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i am worried to death about you. you need to call me. >> reporter: police were called to investigate on this videotape you can see eerie signs of an idyllic family life interrupted. for the children, then aged 2 to 7, it was almost impossible to grasp. >> so you don't have any memories of your mom, really? you don't have any? you were 5. >> right. i mean -- 15 years ago, almost. it's a long time. >> reporter: their father was under suspicion. >> i knew they were focusing on me. whatever they asked for, i gave them. phone records, financial information. >> reporter: police put cal under constant surveillance. >> how did you find out they were tracking you? >> i took my truck into my shop. and i had one of my technicians put it up on the lift to service it, normal maintenance. and he came in my office a little while later and he said, you got to see this. we determined it was a tracking device that the state police had put on the truck. >> reporter: four years after
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arrested and charged with the murder of michelle. police say they found blood in the house and they found a witness who said they'd heard him threaten her. >> there's no evidence that he ever threatened her in a way that really caused her fear. people say things during an argument or a divorce that they don't mean. >> do you remember the first time the indictment came down, 2005? >> yep. that was pretty rough. >> i feel like it wasn't fair because we didn't get to say bye. we came home one day after school and our aunt, uncle and nanny told us about it. >> he had already been taken away this. >> yeah, we didn't get to say bye. >> reporter: he was put on trial for murder despite the fact that this case was largely circumstantial. still a jury found him guilty. just after the dpildy verdict a bomb shell. a new witness. this man kevin tubbs. coming forward saying he'd seen michelle the morning after she was supposed to have been killed arguing with another man at the foot of his driveway. cal was granted a second trial and again he was found guilty.
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verdict was tossed out. this time because of procedural concerns. >> millionaire on trial for a third time for killing his wife -- >> reporter: during the third trial, a breakthrough. the judge allowed the jury to hear tubbs' testimony. but he would not allow evidence related to a new suspect, saying much of it was circumstantial. while other portions were hearsay. that trial ended in a hung jury last may. >> we got closer to justice, but we're not there yet. >> reporter: the legal process has led this once-millionaire to run out of money, struggling to pay a fraction of his legal fees. but he has high hopes about the fourth time around. >> the last trial we came close. it was an evenly split jury. bitterly but evenly split. so we made some progress over the first two trials. >> we need to know what really happened to our mother. we know our dad had nothing to do with her disappearance. we also know there are people
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can help us get answers. >> the fact that all four of his children support him is a very helpful fact. whether it is admissible in evidence or not. and that's something that this judge will certainly know. >> did they ever ask you, daddy, did you kill mom? >> no, they've never asked me that. and i want to make sure they don't ever ask me. i want to make sure there's no doubt in their minds. >> we feel like we need to tell people that he's actually a really great guy and there's no way he could have done something like this. >> did you ever ask him what happened that day? >> absolutely not. >> didn't have any doubt he wasn't involved. he's been there for us through everything. given us every opportunity we've ever asked for. had our backs. now it's our turn to do the same for him. >> reporter: the trial is expected to begin thursday morning. for "nightline," i'm matt gutman in new york. up next, an airline pilot
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breathalyzer shortly before takeoff. what would you do if you caught a pilot drinking before a flight? first tonight's political punch. donald trump's opponents say his twitter account often reads like a schoolyard bully's. today "nylon" releasing a video of "mean girls" reading the republican front-runner's tweets. >> make america great again! >> the video, touching on trump's famous battles. >> i'm not a fan of megyn kelly, i think she's a third-rate reporter. >> including his ongoing feud with fox anchor megyn kelly. >> why does megyn kelly devote so much time on her show to me? get a life, megyn! >> an homage to the cult classic "mean girls." >> boo, you whore. >> it's not endorsed by trump but written by him.
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you know, jet-setting around involves completely entrusting your comfort and safety to strangers. but that trust may be eroding after recent examples of airline crews behaving badly. another pilot arrested this past weekend, failing two breathalyzers. we ask, what would you do if you spotted a pilot drinking before a flight? long gone are the romantic days of air travel. glamorous flight attendants.
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in the shows like "pan am" and movies like "catch me if you can." >> are you a real pilot? >> sure am, little lady. >> reporter: air travel can be a passenger's worst nightmare. imagine sitting in your seat moments before takeoff when you see this. your pilot led away by police in handcuffs. suspected of being intoxicated in the cockpit. >> i was getting a little nervous. i guess there was a good reason why. >> reporter: the wayne county prosecutor says the pilot, john francis mcguire, failed two breathalyzer tests on saturday. >> i believe i was speechless. that something like that could happen. and again that he could get that close to the aircraft. >> reporter: he was questioned and investigated before being charged with a misdemeanor. when reached by abc, a family member declined to comment on the charges. among the flyers, this group of spring breakers contemplating consequences far worse than delayed beach time. >> you're drunk. you don't really consider like the consequences of that. of our lives.
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>> reporter: under the faa's bottle to throttle rule, a pilot must wait eight hours after drinking before operating an aircraft. the legal limit for airplane pilots is .04. half of that for drivers. but still enough to impair judgment. pilots are subject to random testing. >> you know as a commercial airline pilot that if you show up with anything in your blood, whether it's drugs or alcohol, your chances of being caught are extremely high. >> reporter: but plenty of pilots are still charged with breaking the rules. earlier this year a former alaska airlines captain was arrested on charges of flying two passenger aircraft while under the influence of alcohol in 2014. he pled not guilty and will face trial next month. it's far from a new problem. back in 2002, two america west pilots, seen here drinking in this surveillance video, were arrested before the flight took off the next morning after tsa
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they were found guiltypy yy by a jury. >> seat belts securely fasten fastened -- >> reporter: seemingly straight out of the hit movie "flight." denzel washington starring as an alcoholic pilot who pulls off a miraculous crash landing. his short-lived glory crushed after his blood alcohol level is revealed. >> this toxicology report states that you were drunk. >> two martinis, please. >> reporter: in the real world would bystanders take action if they saw seemingly drunken behavior like this? >> you are one crazy man. >> that's why i'm the captain! >> reporter: abc's "what would you do" with john quinones put it to the test. >> when are you going to be at work? >> 2:30. >> reporter: while this woman looks like she can't believe what she's seeing, her friend seems to think it's funny. still others try their best to ignore them. these are just actors. their drinks, just water. but these bystanders don't know that.
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they carry a fake business card and make it clear they're about to fly a commercial jet. >> we only got like another five minutes before we get on a flight. >> many do little to stop them. >> you didn't say anything. >> i didn't know what to say. >> i wasn't sure if they were going to the airport to fly a plane. >> reporter: when she switch out the fun-loving duo for a down-trodden actor, drinking alone, some like this man take a stance. >> what's your boss' number? let me call him. >> reporter: when the pilot gives the man his card -- >> i'm not going to believe you. >> so i can do the right thing. >> reporter: determined he makes the call. but it isn't just alcohol that's getting aviators into trouble. two argentinean pilots were fired after allegedly inviting a model into the cockpit, giving her access to the accelerator during takeoff. and even snapping selfies
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control panel. of course one of the strangest headlines, an american airlines pilot allegedly moonlighting as a pimp in houston. >> hardly the case of the century that the state makes it out to be. >> reporter: as for mcguire, that american airlines pilot, he could have his license revoked, be forced to pay thousands in fines, and face jail time. >> airline pilots have to respond instantaneously when things go wong wrong. you cannot have any impairment whatsoever. that's why this is intolerable. >> reporter: the airlines saying in a statement, this is a serious matter and we're assisting local law enforcement. the safety and care of our customers and employees is our highest priority. but the passengers, those business travelers andest erstwhile vacationers who depend on flight crews, they're just happy a lengthy delay was the worst thing to happen. up next, from one competition to the next. the top model who's now a
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nyle dimarco first stole hearts on the catwalk. now winning many more strutting on "dancing with the stars." an immediate crowd favorite. tonight he's swaying to the beat even though he can't hear it. watching watching as the credits all roll down >> reporter: tonight this "dancing with the stars" duo taking on the rumba. nyle dimarco rising to fame after winning the final season of "america's next top model." >> nyle, you are america's next top model! >> reporter: he's an early fan favorite and happens to be deaf. >> like, wow, i can actually do this. >> reporter: how do they do it? their secret weapon, a set of signals and cues. between the two dancers that keeps them in step. >> sometimes i tap his back. that's to count him in, five,
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i have the squeeze. i go like this when i want to be brought back for the rumba. a good old scratch on the back. that means turn around. as soon as i lift my head that's his cue to come in. we do it hundreds and hundreds of times. so he gets to feel how long to hold something, how quickly to move through something. >> reporter: his interpreter, raymond norot, is there every step of the way. but nyle has an advantage over the other celebrities. >> they get freaked out by all the noise. there's hundreds of people in the ball room. nyle can't hear any of that. >> reporter: this is what it sounds like for him, silent. >> he's in his own world with me, kind of perfect. he can't get distracted. >> reporter: nyle's entire family is deaf going back four generations. his success story making him somewhat of a hero in the deaf community. >> to actually represent them, it's an honor for me. >> reporter: he's paid as a


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