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Jury selection continues in family slain trial


Peoria -- Jury selection in the trial of a man accused of beating to death a central Illinois couple and three of their children has gone slower than expected.


After attorneys were unable to select a single juror on Friday to add to the eight that had already been seated in the trial of Christopher Harris, Monday begins with attorneys still eight short of the 16 jurors and alternates then need.


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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