Jason Harris delivers chilling testimony in murder trial

By WEEK Producer

May 15, 2013 Updated May 15, 2013 at 9:41 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- In Peoria County Court on Wednesday Jason Harris delivered chilling testimony in the murder trial of his brother Christopher.

Christopher Harris is accused brutally of killing five members of the Gee family in September of 2009.

On the stand, Jason Harris testified that he and his brother had been drinking, smoking marijuana and snorting cocaine before going to the Gee home the night of the murders.

Harris told the jury that Christopher had tried to visit three ex-girlfriends before deciding to go see 16-year-old Justina Constant.

Jason said he stayed in the truck while his brother grabbed a tire iron and entered the home. He said he heard and scream and minutes later saw Dillen Constant exit the house.

When Jason moved to get a better view he saw Christopher standing over Dillen, hitting him with the tire iron. He said Christopher struck the teen five or six times before going back into the house.

Jason said when Christopher finally exited the house a second time he was carrying the tire iron and a laptop. Jason said he was bloody and said "I killed them all"

In cross-examination, the defense focused on Jason Harris' previous conviction for perjury and the multitude of stories Harris' told investigators in the weeks following the murders, including telling authorities he was never at the Gee home the night of the murders.

The defense also questioned Jason on the details of his cooperation deal with the state. In return for his testimony, Jason Harris will plead guilty to "Concealment of a Homicidal Death" and "Obstruction of Justice", which carries a 20 year prison term. Harris told jurors he will serve at least 6 years in prison.

The cross-examination will continue on Thursday.