Second person charged with murder in Gee slayings -

Second person charged with murder in Gee slayings

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) -- A man has been charged with helping his brother beat to death members of his ex-wife's family at their home in central Illinois last month.

Logan County Sheriff Steve Nichols confirmed Thursday evening that 22-year-old Jason Harris has been charged with five counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

Identical charges were filed Oct. 2 against Jason Harris' 30-year-old brother, Christopher Harris.

The murder charges allege Jason Harris struck fatal blows against Rick and Ruth Gee and three of their children. He is charged with attempted murder against Tabitha Gee, the Gees' 3-year-old daughter, who survived the attack. The injured girl and the bodies of the others were found at the Gee family home on Sept. 21

Jason Harris is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 13.

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