PEORIA -- A judge in central Illinois has set an April 1 hearing date to consider a request from defense attorneys who want jurors to see the scene where five members of a Beason family were killed in 2009.
WJBC Radio reports that attorney Daniel Fultz submitted a motion asking the judge to allow the trip for jurors who will hear the case against Christopher Harris. Harris and his brother have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the deaths of Ruth and Rick Gee and three of their children.
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Fultz says going to the home in Beason will help convince jurors that Harris is innocent. Fultz argues that the Gees' 14-year-old son killed his family and that Harris walked in on the crime and killed the teen in self-defense.