Illinois man accused of killing, dismembering 2-year-old boy stands trial
The outlet reported Harris allegedly brought the child’s body to Chicago before he dismembered it and put the parts in plastic bags tied to weights. He then allegedly put the bags in the lagoon.
The Tribune reported Knox’s feet, hands and head were found in the lagoon in 2015, but the rest of his body was never found.
Assistant State’s Attorney Andreana Turano said prosecutors don’t have fingerprint or DNA evidence linking Harris to the murder, according to The Tribune.
When Harris was arrested in 2016, The Associated Press reported he had been in jail in another case.
Police Commander Kevin Duffin said Harris was being held on an unrelated charge at the Winnebago County Jail when he was arrested in Knox’s murder.
Though officials believed Knox was killed in Rockford, Harris was charged in Cook County because the child’s body was found in Chicago and police in that city did extensive work on the case.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.