Harris Murder Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A state prosecutor Monday called Wesley Devone Harris a sociopath who killed six members of his former girlfriend's family when he felt they were trying to take control over her away from him.

During the trial, the prosecution relied heavily on the testimony of Janice Ball, who testified that she either saw or heard Harris gun down her grandmother, parents and three brothers at their rural family compound in Rutledge on August 26th, 2002.

Assistant state attorney general William Dill told jurors that even without Ball's testimony, the state has an abundance physical evidence to convict Harris.

Dill said Janice Ball's only mistake was getting involved with Harris in the first place.

Dill asked the jury not to judge her too harshly for quietly hiding out with Harris for three days after the killings, saying that she was only 16 and still in shock of seeing her family be slaughtered.

Closing arguments by the defense are scheduled to begin around 1 p.m.


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