Christopher Harris is still facing 33 murder counts. (WJBC File Photo)
By The Associated Press
PEORIA - Prosecutors have dropped 25 murder charges against Christopher Harris, the first of two brothers to go to trial in the killings of a central Illinois couple and three of their children.
Harris still faces 33 murder charges.
Prospective jurors are expected to fill out questionnaires Tuesday in a courtroom in Peoria. Prosecutors have also dropped charges of criminal sexual assault.
Harris and his brother, Jason, have pleaded not guilty to murder in the September 2009 beating deaths of a Beason family.
The trial was moved to Peoria after Christopher Harris' attorneys argued that their client might not get a fair trial in Logan County because of pretrial publicity.
Jason Harris' trial hasn't been scheduled.