Sayantan Ghose, accused of killing a League City man and wounding his wife in a shooting at their home June 28, is back in Galveston County.

Ghose, 41, was released early Sunday morning from the Dona Ana County jail in New Mexico, according to jail records. He had been held in the New Mexico jail after having been detained at a border crossing near Las Cruces a day after the shooting.

Galveston County Sheriff’s Office deputies took Ghose into custody, according to county records. Ghose, charged with murder and with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, was in the Galveston County jail by Sunday afternoon, deputies said.

Ghose had waived his right to extradition proceedings in a June 30 hearing in New Mexico, meaning he agreed to return to Texas to face the murder charges.

He was charged in connection with the killing of Clarence Wayne Harris II, 43, and in the wounding of Amanda Harris, 36, who is Ghose’s former wife.

Amanda Harris has accused Ghose of stalking and harassing her since their divorce in 2008.

She told police Ghose had arrived uninvited at her Westover Park home and that she had attempted to make a citizen’s arrest when gunfire broke out, according to an arrest affidavit.

Ghose was seen fleeing the Harris home in the 700 block of Mayhill Ridge Lane 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.

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.

Valerie Wells: 409-683-5246;


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