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Final jury selection nears end in murder trial

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys are close to wrapping up the process of selecting four alternate jurors for the trial of a man accused of beating to death a central Illinois couple and three children.

Attorneys had settled on two of the four alternates by midday Tuesday.

The last of the 12 primary jurors who will decide the fate of Christopher Harris were picked Monday.

Harris pleaded not guilty in the 2009 murders of 46-year-old Raymond “Rick” Gee and 39-year-old Ruth Gee and the children. Sixteen-year-old Justina Constant, 14-year-old Dillen Constant and 11-year-old Austin Gee were the young victims.

Prosecutors say Harris and his brother, Jason Harris, broke into the home intending to sexually assault Justina Constant and rob the family. Jason Harris’ trial hasn’t been scheduled.

Opening statements are expected Wednesday.

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