Jury set for trial in Illinois family's slayings

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 8:01 a.m. CDT

PEORIA — A jury has been selected to decide the fate of a man accused of beating to death a central Illinois couple and three children.

Attorneys agreed Monday to the last of the jurors for the trial of Christopher Harris. The jury is composed of seven women and five men.

Harris pleaded not guilty in the 2009 murders of 46-year-old Raymond "Rick" Gee and 39-year-old Ruth Gee and the children. Sixteen-year-old Justina Constant, 14-year-old Dillen Constant and 11-year-old Austin Gee were the young victims.

Prosecutors say Harris and his brother, Jason Harris, broke into the home intending to sexually assault Justina Constant and rob the family. Jason Harris' trial hasn't been scheduled.

The trial is expected to last for several weeks. More than 100 witnesses are expected.

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