A jury has found a 34-year-old man guilty of first-degree murder in the beating deaths of five of his ex-wife’s relatives in central Illinois.
The verdict in the trial of Christopher Harris was announced Friday.
In sometimes tearful testimony, Harris admitted to killing 14-year-old Dillen Constant. But Harris said he did so only after the teenager bashed the rest of his family to death at their home in Beason in September 2009.
Harris was also accused in the deaths of Dillen’s mother, Ruth Gee; his stepfather, Rick Gee; his 16-year-old sister, Justina Constant; and 11-year-old stepbrother Austin Gee.
Harris’ brother, Jason Harris, testified that Christopher Harris told him he killed all five victims after a night of drinking and drug use.
Sentencing will be July 19 for Harris.
Jurors convicted Christopher Harris of five counts of first-degree murder on
Friday in Peoria after about five hours of deliberations. The 34-year-old Harris
put his head in his hands as the verdicts were read. Family members of the
victims were in court and were calm and quiet. (AP)