Attorney wants to withdraw from Ill. murder case

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) - The defense attorney for 1 of 2 men charged with killing five members of a central Illinois family wants to withdraw from the case.

Attorney Jay Elmore says he wants to stop representing Chris Harris because Harris allegedly made incriminating statements about the case to a fellow inmate who happens to also be a client of Elmore.

Elmore says in a motion filed Friday that he could be called as a witness in the murder case.

Harris, who's 32, and his 23-year-old brother Jason are charged with murder in the September 2009 deaths of Ruth and Rick Gee of Beason and 3 of the couple's children.

The brothers have pleaded not guilty.

The case is already on hold while local officials search for money to pay for the defense.

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