Jury Selection Resumes in Central Illinois Murders

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Jury selection is expected to continue in the trial of a man accused of killing five members of a central Illinois family.

Attorneys started questioning potential jurors last week for the trial of Christopher Harris. So far eight of the 16 jurors have been chosen.

Jury selection resumes Monday. Opening statements are slated for Tuesday.

Harris has pleaded not guilty to the 2009 murders of 46-year-old Raymond "Rick" Gee, 39-year-old Ruth Gee and three of their children. Sixteen-year-old Justina Constant, 14-year-old Dillen Constant and 11-year-old Austin Gee were the young victims. They all were beaten with a tire iron.

Prosecutors say Harris and his brother, Jason Harris, broke into the family's home in Beason intending to sexually assault Justina Constant and rob the family.

Jason Harris' trial hasn't been scheduled.


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