YOUNG MAN FROM NORTH AURORA ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF FATHER

An article running in the Beacon-News reports that 23 year old Martell Harris, of Jorstad Lane, has been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of his own father. Police were called to a residence on the 700 block of Jorstad Lane at 10:12 a.m. Monday August 20, 2012.  When the police arrived at the single family home within the Tanner Trails subdivision they found Michael Harris Sr., 41, had sustained a single stab wound to the chest.  Mr. Harris lay on the front porch unconscious and unresponsive.  Just over 30 minutes later, Michael Harris Sr. was pronounced dead at Provena Mercy Medical Center. North Aurora police reported multiple witnesses having seen Mr. Harris‘ son, Martell Harris, 23, flee the scene via the home’s back yard.  Upon inspecting the back yard, police determined that Harris fled towards either a nearby cornfield or a nearby wooded area.  This lead to a massive manhunt involving Aurora police, North Aurora police, Kane County Sheriffs deputies, an Illinois State Police airplane, and a helicopter from Homeland Security. As the helicopter from Homeland Security flew low over the grasslands of the Lake Run Forest Preserve, an Illinois State Police plane circled high above.  K-9 units from the Cook County Sheriff’s Department attempted to follow Martell Harris’ trail from the Harris family home’s backyard to the surrounding cornfields.  A community alert was issued describing a young black male, 5’8’’, 150 pounds as armed and dangerous.  Area schools were even locked down and residents were asked to stay inside their homes. After nearly 3 hours searching and no luck in tracking the suspect, police began to gather near the Harris residence as police tape blocked the street surrounding the home.  According to police, an officer happened to somehow be alerted to movement within the home’s garage.  Suspecting that Martell Harris may be hiding within, police officers entered the garage with guns drawn.  An officer spotted a person hidden under clutter and debris and began shouting for the person to “Come out!  Come out with your hands up!”  With complete compliance, the person raised his hands and knelt down allowing the police to handcuff him and secure him under arrest.  He was quickly escorted to a police car at the end of the driveway.  The man was positively identified as Martell Harris.   No shots were fired and no person injured. Police are still unclear as to how Harris eluded capture within the garage and in such close proximity to multiple law enforcement personnel. According to Kane County prosecutors, Martell Harris was charged with two counts of first degree murder in relation to the stabbing death of his father, Michael Harris Sr..  Martell Harris has no previous criminal history within Kane County.  His bond hearing was set for Tuesday August 21, 2012. Please contact our law offices immediately if you or someone you are associated with finds themselves facing murder charges.  A well trained defense team will protect your rights and guide you through the difficulty of facing these crimes.