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Harris brother to testify in Beason killings trial

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.

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