Posted Online: Dec. 04, 2012, 8:52 am

Defense wants Beason family murder trial moved

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LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) The lawyer for a central Illinois man accused of killing five members of a Beason family has asked a judge to move the trial to another county.

Attorney Dan Fultz filed a motion Monday asking the judge to move Christopher Harris' trial, which is scheduled to begin on April 29. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that Fultz contends Harris can't get a fair trial in Logan County because of the sympathies residents still hold for the slain family.

Ruth and Rick Gee and three of their children were found beaten to death in their Beason home in September 2009.

Harris and his younger brother have pleaded not guilty to murder charges and the attempted murder of child who survived.

The judge set a Jan. 14 hearing on the attorney's motion.