Harris attorneys again file motion to obtain teen’s records

2012-10-11T17:30:00Z 2013-05-01T09:28:06Z Harris attorneys again file motion to obtain teen’s recordsBy Edith Brady-Lunny | eblunny@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com

LINCOLN — Defense lawyers for an Armington man accused of killing a Beason family in 2009 have filed their second attempt to gain access to medical, school and court records for a teenage victim that the defense claims committed the slayings.

The motion on behalf of Christopher Harris seeks permission to file six subpoenas for the records of Dillen Constant. The 14-year-old was found beaten to death along with Rick and Ruth Gee and two other children.

A fourth child survived the attack and lives with a relative in Lincoln.

In a motion filed Thursday in Logan County Court, defense lawyers Daniel Fultz and Peter Naylor laid out their theory that Constant had mental disorders that played out in uncontrolled anger, severe behavioral issues and a propensity toward violence.

Harris contends he walked in on a bloody massacre at the Gee home and was forced to kill Constant in self-defense. Harris and his brother Jason Harris face more than 50 counts of first-degree murder in the deaths.

Judge Thomas Harris recently turned down a defense effort to obtain the records, saying the motion lacked specific sources of who might have the records.

The new motion names a doctor who prescribed a psychotropic medication and the pharmacy where it was purchased, a metal health center, two schools Constant attended and the juvenile division of Logan County Court.

Family members confirmed several incidents where Constant may have displayed anger, according to the court documents.

He struck two children on a school bus and in a separate incident cut a bus seat, said the defense motion.

Some information about “uncontrolled behavior issues that were so disruptive that a transfer in schools was required” came from Nicole Gee, another daughter of Rick Gee and former wife of Chris Harris, according to the defense.

The defense argues that the judge could review the records with the defense and prosecution teams prior to their release.

Prosecutors have objected to the defense request, saying Harris’ lawyers are on a “fishing expedition” for information

A Tuesday hearing is set on the motion.

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