PEORIA, Ill. -- Attorneys in the trial of a man charged in the beating deaths of five members of a central Illinois family are expected to make their opening statements.
The trial of Christopher Harris, scheduled to get underway Wednesday, is expected to last most or all of May.
Harris pleaded not guilty in the 2009 murders of 46-year-old Raymond “Rick” Gee and 39-year-old Ruth Gee and three of their children. Sixteen-year-old Justina Constant, 14-year-old Dillen Constant and 11-year-old Austin Gee were the young victims.
The five were found beaten to death in their home in Beason. A 3-year-old daughter survived.
Prosecutors say Harris and his brother, Jason Harris, broke into the home intending to sexually assault Justina Constant and rob the family. Jason Harris’ trial hasn’t been scheduled.