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October 24, 2014, 7:03 am
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State, Logan County Split Nearly $1 Million Tab For Beason Murders Trial


The bills are in from the trials of two Logan County brothers for their roles in the deaths of five members of a Beason family. 

 

The murder trial of Christopher Harris… and the eventual plea bargain by his brother Jason… will cost taxpayers nearly $1 million total.  More than half that amount is being paid for out of state funds, but the Bloomington Pantagraph reports $419,000 will come out of Logan County’s budget.  The county has sold more than $600,000 in revenue bonds to cover its share of the legal fees racked up by defense lawyers and various expert witnesses. 

 

Christopher Harris is now serving a life sentence for the murders of Rick and Ruth Gee and three of their children.  Jason Harris is serving a 20-year sentence on lesser charges.

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