A Peoria judge will not let the jury hear a statement that could have been a pivotal part of the defense case for Christopher Harris… accused of killing five members of a Beason family.
Defense lawyers argue that Harris discovered the family being killed by 14-year-old Dillen Constant… and that Harris then killed Dillen in self-defense. They had wanted to introduce a statement supposedly made by Dillen’s mother discussing the boy’s violent tendencies.
But according to the Bloomington Pantagraph, the judge ruled that the statement, from two years before the killings, was too old to be relevant. Jury selection in Peoria is scheduled to start Tuesday.