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Murder trial delayed for Carlsbad housewife

Julie Harper accused in 2012 shooting of husband

Julie Harper on February 24
Julie Harper on February 24

The trial of Julie Elizabeth Harper, 40, who pleads not guilty to the murder of her 39-year-old husband while their children played downstairs, has been delayed from April until June of this year, on defense request.

Jason Harper was found dead of a single gunshot wound, in the master bedroom of the couple’s Carlsbad home, in August of 2012.

Today, February 24, the judge also issued a “no contact order” to Julie Harper, directing her not to communicate by phone nor to send packages nor otherwise contact Lina and Homer Harper, the parents of the deceased.

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Judge Blaine Bowman said the “no contact order” includes protection for the three children of Julie and Jason, who apparently are staying with Lina and Homer Harper.

“The children are potential witnesses at trial,” said Bowman.

Julie Harper bailed out a year after she was taken into custody, posting $2 million bond in September 2013.

The next hearing for this case is set for June 9 in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.

(corrected 2/25, 4:45 p.m.)

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Julie Harper on February 24
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The trial of Julie Elizabeth Harper, 40, who pleads not guilty to the murder of her 39-year-old husband while their children played downstairs, has been delayed from April until June of this year, on defense request.

Jason Harper was found dead of a single gunshot wound, in the master bedroom of the couple’s Carlsbad home, in August of 2012.

Today, February 24, the judge also issued a “no contact order” to Julie Harper, directing her not to communicate by phone nor to send packages nor otherwise contact Lina and Homer Harper, the parents of the deceased.

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Judge Blaine Bowman said the “no contact order” includes protection for the three children of Julie and Jason, who apparently are staying with Lina and Homer Harper.

“The children are potential witnesses at trial,” said Bowman.

Julie Harper bailed out a year after she was taken into custody, posting $2 million bond in September 2013.

The next hearing for this case is set for June 9 in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.

(corrected 2/25, 4:45 p.m.)

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Is this a typo? "Julie Harper bailed out a month after she was taken into custody, posting $2 million bond in September 2012." -- She was bailed out in September 2013, which is more than a year after August 2012, when she was taken into custody and bail was set.

Feb. 25, 2014

Thank you, you are correct, she bailed out more than a year after she was taken into custody, in mid-September of 2013. She was booked into custody on August 8 2012.

Feb. 25, 2014

On Friday, June 27, the attorney for Julie Harper won another two-month delay for start of her trial. The new date to begin jury selection is now set for September 15, moved from July 14.

June 30, 2014

Julie Harper has appeared on calendar for this coming Monday, Sept 26, set for 9 am in Dept 31 of San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse in Vista, California. The Carlsbad housewife was convicted of shooting her husband Jason in their upstairs bedroom in 2012, while their three children were watching cartoons on television downstairs. Julie Harper was able to post $2 million bail, and became pregnant while at liberty, between her trials. The murder defendant testified at two jury trials, she claimed she was abused by her husband, and was eventually convicted of second-degree murder. Julie Harper was sentenced to 15 years to life for second-degree murder, plus 25 years to life for personal use of firearm that resulted in death — a total of 40 years to life. Since she was sent to California state prison, Julie Harper has since returned to court to appeal her sentencing, which a judge upheld. The California Inmate Locator website shows Harper is still in prison, and not eligible for parole until Aug of 2034. So perhaps Julie Harper, now 49, will next appear remotely, by video monitor, before Hon. judge Timothy Casserly.

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