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Harris Guilty Of Killing Beason Family

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Chris Harris (pictured) is guilty.  A jury says there's enough evidence to prove he killed five members of the Gee family in Beason, back in 2009.  He's now convicted of murder, battery, armed robbery, and home invasion.  Harris maintained his innocence throughout the trial, claiming he only killed one of the family members, and that was in self-defense.  But his brother Jason testified against him, claiming he and Harris did cocaine and alcohol shots just a few hours before Harris beat the family with a tire iron.

In the courtroom, the Gee family cried softly as the verdict was read, and huddled together for comfort.  Harris put his hands over his face and shook his head after learning his fate.  He faces life in prison and will be sentenced on July 19th.

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