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Defense: Beason suspect walked in on killings

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — An attorney for a man accused of slaying five members of an Illinois family says someone else is to blame and that his client walked in on the scene of slaughter and had to fight off the killer.

Defense attorney Peter Naylor says his client, Christopher Harris, discovered members of the family dead and then fought and killed the family’s 14-year-old son, Dillen Constant.

The killings took place in Beason in 2009.

Naylor says that the family’s teenage son had a long history of troubled behavior.

Prosecutors say Harris and his brother broke into the home intending to sexually assault one of the family members and carry out a robbery.

Wednesday’s testimony marked the start of Harris’ trial. His brother, Jason, is expected to testify in a deal with prosecutors.

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