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posted: 10/18/2012 11:52 AM

Logan County deals with bills for brothers' trials

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LINCOLN, Ill. -- The Logan County Board is working to come up with the money to pay for the trials of two brothers charged in the deaths of five members of a central Illinois family.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that the board will decide next week whether to make big cuts in next year's budget or sell $1 million in bonds.

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The looming legal tab involves the trials of Christopher Harris and Jason Harris. They've both pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Ruth and Rick Gee and three of their children. The Gees were killed in their home in Beason in 2009.

Board member Jan Schumacher says the county could face up to $600,000 for trial costs in the next fiscal year.

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