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Jury convicts Stevens County man of murder in June slaying

Thu., Jan. 23, 2014, 7:55 a.m.

Eric Harris found guilty of shooting and killing brother, Larch Harris

A Stevens County jury on Wednesday found Eric Harris guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his younger brother, Larch Harris, in June.

Eric Harris was arrested shortly after the June 23 shooting, which took place at his home in the 400 block of Haller Creek Road southwest of Colville. The brothers were arguing before the shooting, according to the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office.

Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Rasmussen said the case hinged on whether Eric Harris acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Larch. The younger brother was not armed when he was shot dead, Rasmussen said.

Eric Harris’ sentencing has been tentatively scheduled for next month. He was also found guilty of an unlawful possession of a firearm charge.

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