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    Anjanette Kristina Harris (40) was pregnant when she was strangled; her ex boyfriend Daniel Greco has been charged with the murder

    Murder victim Anjanette Harris of Little Elm was pregnant at the time of her death, according to the affidavit for the arrest warrant.

    The affidavit states Texas Ranger Clair Barnes responded to a call from the Denton County Sheriff?s Office at 10:15 a.m. March 6. Barnes and Denton Sheriff?s Investigator Jeff Coates found the body of a white female with multiple stab wounds to the neck along a trail on Shorewood Drive in Hilltown, an unincorporated part of Denton County. The body was later identified as Harris, 40.

    The Tarrant County Medical Examiner ?s report lists the cause of death as ligature strangulation.

    Investigators found her body along a trail in Little Elm one morning in March 2016. It looked like she had been stabbed around the neck, according to an arrest affidavit. When they checked inside the woman?s purse, investigators found identification for Anjanette Harris and a sonogram photo. She was pregnant.

    More than three years later, a jury trial will begin Monday morning for Daniel Greco. The 38-year-old from Little Elm is accused of killing Harris and her unborn child. Authorities say Greco and Harris dated for two years before the killing but that Greco denied being the child's father.

    Prosecutors and defense attorneys have worked since early July to select the 12 jurors and their alternates. The trial is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday inside Judge Jonathan Bailey?s 431st District Court.

    Greco is charged with capital murder. If he is convicted, the Denton County District Attorney?s Office has said it will seek the death penalty ? the first time it has done so since 2011.

    Throughout the pretrial phase, Greco?s defense attorneys have challenged the state with this underlying question: Why is this murder case the one in which the district attorney has chosen to seek the death penalty?

    ?It strikes us as odd,? said Derek Adame, Greco?s lead attorney. ?We believe there are significant evidentiary problems for the district attorney?s office that they?re going to have to overcome.?

    The defense made several motions as it sought to get that question answered. Among those motions was one to dismiss the entire case. In that one, the attorneys, Adame and Caroline Simone, argued that the doctor who did the autopsy did not properly keep and document biological evidence that was critical to understanding how Harris received the stab wounds.

    ?We would have had more evidence available to us for our experts to analyze,? Adame said Tuesday. ?They basically made it impossible to check their work by destroying evidence.?

    Judge Bailey ultimately denied that motion.

    A Texas Ranger wrote in the original arrest warrant affidavit that Greco told investigators he bound Harris? feet and hands and slapped duct tape over her mouth, something he said they did normally during their two-year relationship. Next he wrapped a ?piece of rubber material? around Harris? neck, the document shows.

    Greco said he new Harris was pregnant at the time, police reported.

    Greco told investigators he knew Harris was dead after she stopped breathing, her eyes no longer moving, police reported. He then put her body in the bed of his truck.

    Authorities found video of Greco's truck driving toward the area where she was found and shortly after driving back ? with the tailgate dropped ? toward his residence.

    In picking the jurors, Adame said it was important to root out anyone who betrayed a bias in favor of law enforcement or the death penalty. He said his team is satisfied with the people chosen to sit on the jury.

    ?We think they?re going to be abundantly fair and give us every opportunity to present our case,? Adame said.

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    Her ME entry:

    Case # CO Name DOB Age DOD Died/Found Race Sex
    1603729 Denton Harris, Anjanette, Kristina 12/18/1975 40 3/6/2016 F White F
    Police Department: Denton County Sheriff's Office Police Svc #: 16000892
    Deceased Address: Time Of Death 9:30 AM
    Occurred Location: Approximately 68 feet west of the 3600 Block of Shorewood Drive, Unincorporated, Texas 75068
    Place Of Death: wooded area Prosector: Allison Mautone, M.D.
    Place Of Death Address: Approximately 68 feet west of the 3600 Block of Shorewood Drive, Unicorporated, Texas,75068 Manner Of Death: HOMICIDE
    EDR #: 1865040

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    The jurors have been asked to determine if Greco is guilty of killing Harris and their unborn child. Greco, who pleaded not guilty to the charge this week, had previously told investigators that he accidentally killed Harris by strangling her during a sexual encounter they had in his trailer home one night in March 2016.

    Medical examiners, along with other law enforcement, are expected to testify as the trial proceeds. So far, most of the witnesses have talked about the crime scene and the criminal investigation. More insight as to what was done to Harris’ body and how she died is yet to come.

    Presented in court were photos of clothing, pieces of hair, a blood smear on Greco’s pickup truck, apparent drag markings down the path leading toward Harris’ body and a clump of dark hair in Greco’s backyard.

    In crime scene photos from a distance, Harris’ body appears as though it could be a discarded piece of litter, tossed out in an area of Little Elm called Hilltown, where in its most abandoned pockets people have notoriously dumped trash and left old cars, even boats.

    But as the frames get closer, one is confronted with a grisly sight. A naked woman, with massive trauma to her neck and chest area. It looks to investigators, who responded there in March 2016, that Harris was dragged down the trail and abandoned.

    There was dirt in her right nostril, a rock in the left one. There were scrapes around her stomach, ribs, breasts and shoulder. Her left arm was contorted beneath her body, which was facing upward, her head cocked to the left. Blood from around her neck area had saturated the dirt trail around her body.

    After police found Harris’ body the morning of March 6, the authorities were within hours of talking with Greco. They searched his home, allegedly finding a trash bag with used duct tape, a rubber strap and a quilt inside of it. They impounded his truck, obtained security camera footage that purportedly showed Greco’s small white truck driving to and from the area where Harris was found.

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