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KYRIAN KNOX: Illinois vs. Kamel Harris for murder and dismemberment of 2-year-old *NOT GUILTY*

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Trial begins for man charged with dismembering 2-year-old found in Garfield Park Lagoon

    The man who allegedly murdered a 2-year-old boy and dismembered his body went on trial on Tuesday.

    Kamel Harris is accused of killing Kyrian Knox, of Rockford, back in August 2015. Jury selection was completed on Monday.

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  2. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Prosecution rests in trial of man charged with killing, dismembering 2-year-old Kyrian Knox

    Despite reaching out to prosecutors to offer incriminating information about a man accused of killing and dismembering a 2-year-old, Shardon Gay was a reluctant witness when his time came to take the stand Tuesday.

    Gay, who claimed to have heard Kamel Harris confess to the gruesome crime while they both were jailed in Rockford, tried to assert his 5th Amendment rights, delaying the trial for more than two hours Tuesday and only taking the stand after Judge Timothy Joyce threatened to hold him in contempt of court and prosecutors agreed to tell to authorities in Winnebago County about his help.

    Gay, who is serving a 28-year sentence on drug charges out of Winnebago County, was one of three former Winnebago inmates who claim to have heard Harris admit to accidentally killing 2-year-old Kyrian Knox in Rockford in 2015, then chopping up the toddler’s body and dumping it in the Garfield Park Lagoon on Chicago’s West Side.

    Harris must have suspected that Gay wasn’t a trustworthy confidant, as he drafted a handwritten non-disclosure agreement that stated he and Gay had never discussed their cases, and demanded Gay sign a copy. Gay signed, but wrote the word “forced” along with his signature.

    “I wrote ‘forced’ because I felt like he forced it on me,” Gay said.

    Prosecutors rested a largely circumstantial case against Harris after four days of testimony. Harris had been babysitting the toddler at his home in Rockford for a friend of his daughter in August 2015 while his daughter and the boy’s mother looked for an apartment in Iowa. Gay and two other former jail inmates say Harris told them he “snapped” and accidentally killed Kyrian, then disposed of the body.

    Harris’ lawyers called still another inmate to refute Gay’s testimony — David Sanders, a childhood friend of Gay’s who also was locked up in Winnebago County before pleading guilty to federal charges for robbing a bank. Gay told Sanders that he was going to make up incriminating information about Harris to get a lighter sentence, and when Sanders saw a news report that Harris had been charged, he lashed out at Gay and another snitch in the jail kitchen.

    “I snapped. I confronted him about it,” Sanders said. “I told them they made up a story.”

    The toddler’s hands, feet and head were discovered floating in the lagoon over Labor Day weekend, not long after Kyrian’s mother had dropped the child off with Harris. Harris did not report Kyrian was missing until the boy’s mother called to say she was returning to Rockford to pick him up in September.

    Harris, who is expected to testify Wednesday, told police that he turned Kyrian over in August to a man who claimed he was going to return the boy to his mother.

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Jury acquits man of killing 2-year-old boy Kyrian Knox, dismembering body and dumping remains in Chicago lagoon

    Even for Chicago, with its endemic violence, the killing of 2-year-old Kyrian Knox stood out as among the most grisly in recent history.

    But on Thursday, a jury acquitted the 44-year-old Harris on all charges after deliberating over parts of two days. Harris, who had been charged with first-degree murder, dismemberment and concealment of a homicidal death, was expected to be released from Cook County Jail as soon as Thursday night.

    Jurors had even been given the option by Judge Timothy Joyce to instead find Harris guilty of the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter but passed on that as well.

    Earlier this year, prosecutors showed their concerns about the strength of the case by offering Harris a lenient sentence in return for pleading guilty. He was on the verge of accepting the deal before it fell through after the judge indicated he might not go along with prosecutors' recommended sentence.

    The verdict came a day after Harris, in a rather unusual move, took the witness stand in his own defense. He testified he had handed over Kyrian to three people who showed up at his residence after a woman he took to be the boy’s mother gave permission by phone to do so.

    In closing arguments Wednesday, prosecutors has ridiculed Harris' account as "ridiculous."

    "He invented this fiction because he's trying to escape responsibility for what he did to that baby in this home," Assistant State's Attorney Anastasia Harper told jurors.

    Harris' attorney, K.S. Galhotra, had repeatedly stressed to jurors, however, that no forensic evidence tied Harris to the killing and that the prosecutors' case hinged on the testimony of three “snitches” who claimed Harris confessed to them while locked up in Winnebago County Jail for an unrelated matter.

    Following Thursday’s verdict, Galhotra and co-counsel Julie Koehler, both assistant public defenders, commended the jury for not letting the emotional side of the case get in the way of the weakness of the evidence.

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

  5. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    What kind of third world justice is going on in that area of our country?
    This is not okay.
    This is not normal.
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  6. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    How weak was the evidence?
  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    I didn't follow closely, but several articles I've read said it was mostly circumstantial.
    I wish they would have taken the time to gather stronger evidence. DNA. Something. There had to have been something.
    Now there is no chance of a retrial. And likely no justice for Kyrian, ever.
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  8. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    Couldn't have said it better myself... :facepalm:
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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Just hope this guy stays away from other children.
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  10. Takeitfromme

    Takeitfromme Professional Journalist/News Reporter

    Unbelievable!!! Are you effing kidding me? Not guilty? Seriously!?!?!

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