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Mon July 8, 2013
Christopher Harris Wants New Trial
A central Illinois man convicted in May of beating to death five members of his ex-wife's family in their home wants a new trial.
Attorneys Daniel Fultz and Peter Naylor mailed a motion asking for a new trial for Christopher Harris last Friday. A spokeswoman for the Logan County Circuit Clerk's Office said Monday that it hasn't yet arrived.
The attorneys argue Judge Scott Drazewski denied 34-year-old Harris a fair trial by refusing to let jurors visit the home in Beason where Rick and Ruth Gee and their children died in 2009.
The motion also says the judge should have allowed jurors to hear evidence of the parents' concerns about one of the children, 14-year-old Dillen Constant.
Harris admitted killing Constant after walking in on the boy attacking his family.