Amanda Harris, who was wounded but survived a shooting during which her husband was killed in the front yard of their League City home, broke her silence Tuesday, asserting in a calm, matter-of-fact tone some of her history with and fears about the man accused of the crime.
Harris, 36, said she but couldn’t talk about the night of June 28, when the shooting occurred, but said she’s convinced the accused, her former husband, Sayantan Ghose, would try to kill her if he were not behind bars.
Harris said she had complained to various law enforcement agencies for years about unwanted contact by Ghose. She couldn’t describe how many times, except to say that it had been a lot.
Authorities have charged Ghose, 41, with murder in the killing of Clarence Wayne Harris II, 43, and in the wounding of Amanda Harris when the ex-husband appeared at their home and she had apparently attempted to make a citizen’s arrest, according to an arrest affidavit.
Ghose was seen fleeing the Harris home in the 700 block of Mayhill Ridge Lane in the Westover Park subdivision just after the June 28 shooting, according to the affidavit. He was detained June 29 at a border checkpoint near Las Cruces, N.M., U.S. Border Patrol agents said.
Ghose was still in a Dona Ana County jail Tuesday. He waived extradition at a New Mexico hearing June 30 and is waiting for Texas authorities to bring him back to Galveston County.
A probable cause finding signed by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Kathleen McCumber set Ghose’s bond at $150,000 on the murder charge.
Wayne Harris was shot seven times in the body and head and died at the scene, while Amanda Harris was shot twice and taken to an area hospital, according to an affidavit. She is recovering from her injuries, she said.
“I’m alive, so I’m OK,” she said.
The funeral for her husband was Thursday, she said.
“It was a beautiful service, sad situation,” she said. “Life is turned upside down.”
Amanda Harris had reported Ghose for stalking and harassing her to several police departments including Tomball and League City, she said.
Tomball police did not have any records immediately available Tuesday.
League City police filed an incident report Jan. 30 when Amanda Mae Harris reported being harassed, according to department records.
The harassment incident was reported to have happened at 12:53 a.m. Jan. 30 in the 700 block of Mayhill Ridge Lane in League City, where she lives.
The name of the person accused of harassment is not on the incident report, but the relationship of the offender is marked as ex-spouse on the report.
“I heard gunshots outside my house once,” Amanda Harris said Tuesday. “I found him creeping around my house.”
Harris accused Ghose of sending emails to relatives and trying to create problems.
She asserts she had seen him driving along her street, but she didn’t take a picture, so she couldn’t prove it, she said.
But because he had never caused any physical harm, it was difficult to get a protective order, Harris said.
“This was all to get my attention,” Harris said. When he didn’t get her attention, he got upset, she said.
“He’s a crazy stalker,” Harris said. “I’m quite confident if he gets out, he will kill me.”
A GoFundMe page for the Harris Family had raised $9,220 as of Tuesday afternoon. Lauryn Hamrick started the page June 30 with a goal to raise $20,000 for medical expenses.
The medical costs include covering the two gunshot wounds Amanda Harris suffered June 28.
Wayne and Amanda Harris had made some difficult financial decisions to lessen their monthly overhead, including dropping Wayne Harris’ life insurance policy, according to the GoFundMe page.
“One of these choices was to stop paying for Wayne’s life insurance because you never think that this would happen! They were thinking when things get better they would reinstate it.”