Mostly Cloudy
62°FMostly CloudyFull Forecast

Harris brother to testify in Beason killings trial

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:57 a.m. CDT

PEORIA — A central Illinois man will take the witness stand to testify against his brother in the slayings of five members of a small-town family

Prosecutors say Jason Harris is expected to Wednesday. His brother, Christopher Harris, is charged with murder in the 2009 beating deaths of Raymond and Ruth Gee and three of their children in their Beason home.

Prosecutors say Jason Harris was present during the murders, and is testifying in exchange for lesser charges. His trial hasn't been scheduled.

On Tuesday jurors heard a forensic scientist from the Illinois State Police testify that Christopher Harris' bloody palm print was found inside the home.

Harris has admitted to killing one child, 14-year-old Dillen Constant. But Harris claims he did so after walking in on the boy killing his family.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Reader Poll

How many days will you attend the McHenry County Fair?
Five
Four
Three
One or two
None