Investigator in Anjette Lyles case dies

Harry L. Harris, the investigator who helped crack Macon's notorious Anjette Lyles poisoning case in the late 1950s, died Tuesday. He was 78.

Harris, a dapper, lean lawman with an at times unassuming style, was a fixture at the Bibb County Sheriff's Office for four decades.

Former Sheriff Ray Wilkes, a patrol partner of Harris' in the early '50s, recalls Harris being handy at the wheel of a squad car.

"He was an excellent driver of an automobile at high speeds," Wilkes said today.

"We went into the Indian Mounds one time on patrol, and while we were in there we got an emergency call," Wilkes said. "Well, if you go into the park, when you come out, you come through an archway of bricks and the railroad runs over it. It looked like there was about a foot on each side of the car and he was doing about 75 or 80 miles an hour when we went through there. My heart skipped about five beats before we got through."

When he retired in the early 1990s under Sheriff Robbie Johnson, Harris, as chief deputy, held the No. 2 rank in the department

A graveside funeral service for Harris is set for this afternoon at 1 at Riverside Cemetery.