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$1M bail set for murder suspect

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Updated: September 23, 2012 6:16AM



Bail was set at $1 million Tuesday for the man accused of fatally stabbing his father at their upscale North Aurora home.

North Aurora police said Martell Harris, 23, stabbed his father Michael Harris Sr., 41, Monday morning. Both men lived in a two-story home on 700 block of Jorstad Lane, in the Tanner Trails subdivision on the city’s far-west side.

Martell Harris is charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

Police were called to the Harris home at 10:12 a.m. Monday. Officers found Michael Harris Sr. unresponsive on the front porch of his home. He had been stabbed once in the chest, police said. He was taken to Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, where he was pronounced dead at 10:46 a.m.

Several people reported seeing Martell Harris flee the house, and a police officer spotted a suspicious man ducking into nearby woods around the same time. An airplane and helicopter began a search, and the community was put on alert. Around 1:30 p.m., police discovered Martell Harris hiding under a tarp in the garage.

On Tuesday, Kane County prosecutors declined to comment on whether they believed anyone else was involved in the murder.

“Investigations continue ... and beyond that, I wouldn’t make any other comment at this time,” State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.

Martell Harris does not appear to have any criminal history in Kane County.



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