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updated: 8/21/2012 12:13 PM

$1M bail for North Aurora man accused of killing father

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  • Martrell D. Harris

    Martrell D. Harris


Bail was set a $1 million Tuesday for Martrell D. Harris, a 23-year-old accused of stabbing and killing his father on the front porch of a North Aurora home.

In order to be free while his case is pending, Harris must post $100,000.

He is next due in court Aug. 30 on first-degree murder charges and, if convicted, faces between 20 and 60 years in prison.

Authorities were called to the 700 block of Jorstad Drive in the village's Tanner Trails subdivision around 10:15 a.m. Monday.

Police said Michael D. Harris Sr., 41, of North Aurora, was stabbed in the chest after an argument.

He was pronounced dead about a half-hour later at Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, North Aurora police said.

The younger Harris ran out the back door of the house and was caught about three hours later after a search involving Aurora police, Kane County Sheriff's deputies, Cook County police dogs, a Homeland Security helicopter and an Illinois State Police airplane, according to a North Aurora police news release.

Neighbors said they heard a commotion and saw the elder Harris lying on his side on the porch.

A young woman and young man, presumably his other children, were helping him and yelling, "Fight and get through this," and "Don't worry, you'll make it" to him, neighbors said.

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