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Friday, May 3, 2013 07:53 am

Harris trial juror saw TV coverage...in the jury's waiting room

A prospective juror in the murder trial of Christopher Harris dropped a miniature bombshell this afternoon.

Asked by the presiding judge whether she had heard any thing about the case, the woman said that she had. When and where, asked Circuit Court Judge Scott Drazewski.

Just now, the woman replied, from a news broadcast on a television playing in the jury room.

The judge earlier this week had told prospective jurors not to watch or read any news accounts pertaining to the trial. After the woman finished answering questions aimed at determining whether she should be a juror and had left the courtroom, the judge ordered the channel changed in the jury waiting room.

With just eight jurors chosen since selection began on Tuesday and none chosen on Friday as of 2:40 p.m., proceedings have gone slower than expected.

Christopher Harris, 34, is charged with using a tire iron to murder Raymond "Rick" Gee, his wife Ruth Gee and three of the couple's children, Justina Constant, 16, Dillen Constant, 14, and Austin Gee, 11. Tabitha Gee, 3, was critically injured from a tire iron blow to her head but survived the attack, which occurred in the Gee home in Beason in the early hours of Sept. 21, 2009. Harris claims self defense and says that Dillen Constant attacked his own family and that he killed Constant after dropping by the home.

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