IllinoisTimes - Harris Murder Trial http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-114-1-harris-murder-trial.html Sat, 25 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Christopher Harris wants new trial - Facing life sentence, says judge erred http://illinoistimes.com/article-12591-christopher-harris-wants-new-trial.html Christopher Harris wants new trial - Facing life sentence, says judge erred
Alleging judicial error, Christopher Harris, convicted in May of murdering five members of the Gee family with a tire iron, wants a new trial....]]>
Metaphors and murder - Closing arguments have it all http://illinoistimes.com/article-11469-metaphors-and-murder.html Metaphors and murder - Closing arguments have it all
Lawyers argue Johnny Cash and forensics as case goes to jury....]]>
The end is near - Defense rests, prosecution roars http://illinoistimes.com/article-11467-the-end-is-near.html The end is near - Defense rests, prosecution roars
The alleged love of Christopher Harris’ life didn’t show up in court on Wednesday to testify on behalf of the man accused of murdering her family....]]>
Backdooring it - Defense maneuvers around setback http://illinoistimes.com/article-11440-backdooring-it.html Backdooring it - Defense maneuvers around setback
Tuesday morning started poorly for the defense in the murder trial of Christopher Harris....]]>
Taking the stand - Prosecution pounds Harris http://illinoistimes.com/article-11438-taking-the-stand.html Taking the stand - Prosecution pounds Harris
It is always a risk for a defendant to take the stand in a criminal proceeding. Christopher Harris showed why on Friday....]]>
The curtain closer - Prosecution's case likely done http://illinoistimes.com/article-11436-the-curtain-closer.html The curtain closer - Prosecution's case likely done
A murder trial has something in common with a fireworks show. In both cases, eye-catching flares – or witnesses – grab attention early on. Then a certain rhythm sets in....]]>
The right to remain silent - But Harris didn't shut up http://illinoistimes.com/article-11406-the-right-to-remain-silent.html The right to remain silent - But Harris didn't shut up
As a murder suspect, Christopher Harris was less than astute....]]>
Tabitha survives, lawyers duel - Prosecution nears end of case http://illinoistimes.com/article-11434-tabitha-survives-lawyers-duel.html Tabitha survives, lawyers duel - Prosecution nears end of case
Photos of Tabitha Gee’s head were bad enough. But CT scans of the toddler’s shattered skull after she was beaten with a tire iron and left for dead were, if anything, worse. ...]]>
Mistrial winds - Prospects of early end raised http://illinoistimes.com/article-11400-mistrial-winds.html Mistrial winds - Prospects of early end raised
Twice now, the prosecution has stumbled. Twice the defense has acquiesced, allowing proceedings to continue without strenuous objection despite opportunities to demand a do-over....]]>
A booty call after a blood bath - Harris acted normally after slaughter http://illinoistimes.com/article-11398-a-booty-call-after-a-blood-bath.html A booty call after a blood bath - Harris acted normally after slaughter
Christopher Harris may or may not have beaten the Gee family to death with a tire iron. But the sight of blood and battered bodies didn’t interfere with his libido. ...]]>
A star witness testifies - But can he be trusted? http://illinoistimes.com/article-11392-a-star-witness-testifies.html A star witness testifies - But can he be trusted?
An imperfect witness took the stand Wednesday in the murder trial of Christopher Harris, at once helping and harming both sides....]]>
Filet-O-Snitch - A prosecution witness gets grilled http://illinoistimes.com/article-11394-filet-o-snitch.html Filet-O-Snitch - A prosecution witness gets grilled
Jason Harris is the sort of criminal who seems incapable of telling the truth. On matters large and small, he lied and lied and lied again....]]>
Timing is everything - Witness undermines defense http://illinoistimes.com/article-11365-timing-is-everything.html Timing is everything - Witness undermines defense
A key witness testified Tuesday in the murder trial of Christopher Harris, and if the jury believes Ronald Frakes, the defense faces tough odds....]]>
The calm before the storm - Harris talks smooth before arrest http://illinoistimes.com/article-11362-the-calm-before-the-storm.html The calm before the storm - Harris talks smooth before arrest
Less than 12 hours after Raymond “Rick” Gee, his wife Ruth and three of their children were beaten to death with a tire iron, Christopher Harris answered a booty call from a girlfriend....]]>
If the shoe fits - Testimony centers on footwear http://illinoistimes.com/article-11359-if-the-shoe-fits.html If the shoe fits - Testimony centers on footwear
Christopher Harris wasn’t much good at covering his tracks. But he was a cool customer....]]>
Sex and violence - Testimony continues in Harris trial http://illinoistimes.com/article-11358-sex-and-violence.html Sex and violence - Testimony continues in Harris trial
Amid lurid tales of sexual escapades and stomach-wrenching photographs of battered bodies, the prosecution dropped two potential bombshells Thursday in the murder trial of Christopher Harris. ...]]>
A house filled with horror - Testimony starts in Harris murder trial http://illinoistimes.com/article-11356-a-house-filled-with-horror.html A house filled with horror - Testimony starts in Harris murder trial
The first sign of trouble came after school, when Seaton Landstrom, now 14, rode to the Gee home to show his new bicycle to Dillen Constant and his half-brother Austin Gee....]]>
Drying paint and picking jurors - Selection process slow in Harris trial http://illinoistimes.com/article-11357-drying-paint-and-picking-jurors.html Drying paint and picking jurors - Selection process slow in Harris trial
It took just two weeks to try mass killer Richard Speck in a Peoria courtroom in 1967. Forty-six years later in a courtroom adjacent to the one where Speck was convicted after less than an hour of deliberations, it took a full week simply to pick a jury in the murder trial of Christopher Harris, who stands accused of slaughtering a family of five....]]>
Harris trial juror saw TV coverage...in the jury's waiting room http://illinoistimes.com/article-11326-harris-trial-juror-saw-tv-coveragein-the-jurys-waiting-room.html 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 woma...]]>