PEORIA – A man accused of killing five members of a central Illinois family with a tire iron wiped away tears as he painted a horrifying picture of the murder scene to jurors.
But Christopher Harris said during testimony Friday it was one of the children who slaughtered the family in 2009.
The 34-year-old is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Rick and Ruth Gee, and their children. They were family to Harris’ ex-wife, Nicole Gee.
Harris testified he went to their Beason home at 1 a.m. to buy marijuana, perplexed no one responded.
He claimed he came across family members dead or dying, and blood splattered “everywhere.”
Harris said 14-year-old Dillen Constant lunged at him and the boy killed the family. Harris said he killed Constant in self-defense.