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A 68-year-old Kansas man is charged with shooting his 80-year-old cousin to death in an eastern Illinois farm field.

Court records indicate that Gerard James of Lawrence, Kan., was charged Tuesday with four counts of murder in the Friday shooting death of 80-year-old Harlan James.

Gerard James has not entered a plea. Champaign County court officials say he doesn't yet have an attorney.

Lt. Ed Ogle of the Champaign County Sheriff's Office said the two men argued in a field northwest of Mahomet before the shooting. The town is just west of Champaign. Ogle said the two had been involved in a long-term dispute but wouldn't say what it was about.

Investigators say Gerard James and another family member own the field.

Bond has been set at $1 million.

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