UPDATE: Prosecution to Continue Long Case in Beason Deaths

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Prosecutors are expected to continue what has become a lengthy case against an Illinois man charged with the 2009 killing of five members of his former wife's family.

Prosecutors trying Christopher Harris are expected to continue Friday with more witnesses. Harris is charged with killing Rick and Ruth Gee and three of their children at their home in Beason. Harris is divorced from Rick Gee's daughter, Nicole, who was not at the home.

So far the prosecution has presented dozens of witnesses and hundreds of exhibits. Their primary witness -- Harris' brother, Jason -- has testified his brother admitted beating the five people to death.

Christopher Harris admits killing one of the family, 14-year-old Dillen Constant. But Harris claims he walked in on the boy killing his own family.


PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- The brother of a man charged with murdering five members of a central Illinois family admits he lied numerous times to police as they investigated the crime.

Jason Harris testified Wednesday for the prosecution in the trial of his brother, Christopher Harris. Under questioning by a prosecutor Jason Harris said Christopher Harris admitted killing Rick and Ruth Gee and three of their children in 2009.

But under cross-examination Jason Harris said he'd repeatedly lied about the events of the night the family died.

Jurors were also told that Harris was convicted of perjury in an unrelated case.

Jason Harris was initially charged with murder but agreed to testify in exchange for lesser charges.

Defense lawyers will continue to cross examine him Thursday.


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