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.