Peoria-- Attorneys have agreed on the first four jurors for the trial of a man accused of using a tire iron to beat to death a central Illinois couple and three of their children.
Attorneys agreed Wednesday to the first four jurors for the trial of Christopher Harris without ruling anyone out. The man and three women chosen said they could serve in a trial expected to last all of this month.
Harris pleaded not guilty to the 2009 murders of 46-year-old Raymond "Rick" Gee and 39-year-old Ruth Gee. Sixteen-year-old Justina Constant, 14-year-old Dillen Constant and 11-year-old Austin Gee were the young victims.
Prosecutors say Harris and his brother, Jason Harris, broke into the home intending to sexually assault Justina Constant and rob the family. Jason Harris' trial hasn't been scheduled.
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