Man accused of 5 Ill. deaths appears in court -

Man accused of 5 Ill. deaths appears in court

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) -- The man accused of killing five people in a central Illinois farming town last month has a brief appearance in Logan County District Court.

Christopher Harris wore a black and white striped prison uniform at Tuesday's hearing in Lincoln. He didn't speak as a judge set an Oct. 28 preliminary hearing.

After the hearing Harris waved at family members watching the proceeding. They have insisted Harris is innocent, but declined to speak with reporters Tuesday.

Harris was arrested last week and charged with killing Raymond and Ruth Gee and three of their children in the town of Beason, located about 35 miles northeast of Springfield.

The 30-year-old Harris was once married to Raymond Gee's daughter Nicole, who wasn't a victim of the attack. Family members say they recently reconciled.

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APTV 10-06-09 1602CDT

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