Suspect in killing of 5 makes court appearance - KMOV.com

Suspect in killing of 5 makes court appearance

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) -- The second of two brothers charged in the killing of a family of five in the central Illinois town of Beason has made his first court appearance.

Jason Harris is charged with five counts of murder and an attempted murder charge for injuring a 3-year-old girl. The 22-year-old appeared before Logan County Judge Thomas Harris on Tuesday with court-appointed defense attorney Steve Skelton.

Prosecutors have offered no explanation for murder of Raymond Gee, his wife, Ruth, and three of their children. Christopher Harris, the ex-husband of one of Gee's daughters, is charged with their murders.

Jason Harris, who was shackled at the wrists and ankles, did not speak during the brief hearing.

Before the hearing, Skelton said it's unlikely the brothers' cases will be combined.

The brothers are being held without bond, and will have preliminary hearings Oct. 28.

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