PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A jury has found a 34-year-old man guilty of first-degree murder in the beating deaths of five of his ex-wife's relatives in central Illinois.
The verdict in the trial of Christopher Harris was announced Friday.
In sometimes tearful testimony, Harris admitted to killing 14-year-old Dillen Constant. But Harris said he did so only after the teenager bashed the rest of his family to death at their home in Beason in September 2009.
Harris was also accused in the deaths of Dillen's mother, Ruth Gee; his stepfather, Rick Gee; his 16-year-old sister, Justina Constant; and 11-year-old stepbrother Austin Gee.
Harris' brother, Jason Harris, testified that Christopher Harris told him he killed all five victims after a night of drinking and drug use.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - St. Louis-based Express Scripts says it will build a new patient-service call center in Joplin, creating 100 new jobs.
Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that Express Scripts' new patient-service center will mean a $960,000 investment in Joplin's economy.
Express Scripts is a pharmacy benefits company that manages more than a billion prescriptions each year for millions of patients in the U.S.
The state of Missouri provided economic incentives to Express Scripts as part of its expansion in Joplin.
Almost two years to the day after Jacque Waller went missing, Cape Girardeau authorities say they found her body.
Waller, the mother of triplets, went to meet with her estranged husband Clay Waller on June 1, 2011. The two were getting together to talk about their divorce. Jacque was not seen alive after that meeting. Clay Waller was already facing murder charges for allegedly killing Jaque.
He is already in jail for harassing Jacque's sister.