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April 21, 2014, 5:46 am
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Beason Murder Trial Gets Underway in Peoria


A long-awaited trial gets underway today for the first of two brothers accused in the 2009 murders of a Beason family.

 

The trial of Christopher Harris has been moved to Peoria because of pre-trial publicity in Logan County.

 

Prosecutors contend he and his brother Jason murdered Rick and Ruth Gee and three of their children after going to their home to steal a laptop and sexually assault 16-year-old Justina Constant, one of the victims.

 

But defense lawyers contend that Christopher walked in on 14-year-old Dillen Constant murdering the rest of his family, and say Christopher then killed Dillen in self-defense.

 

The trial could last up to three weeks.

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