More on Arrest Made in Beason Family Murder Case

By WEEK Producer

July 15, 2010 Updated Oct 2, 2009 at 6:30 PM CDT

More details are emerging in the arrest of a McLean County man charged with killing his former father-in-law and family.

Today a judge charged 30-year-old Christopher Harris with five counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder. His arrest brings relief to residents in Beason...many of whom are still trying to come to grips with the murders.

For the past two weeks residents in Beason have lived in fear, as authorities searched for the killer of Rick and Ruth Gee and their three children found murdered inside their home September 21st. Duane Ketcham describes his feelings in saying, "like hell really, it's been scary. I been doing the best I can to protect my family, getting up in the middle of the night, checking the doors and looking outside to see if I can see anybody walking around."

Thursday Logan County sheriff's investigators arrested 30-year-old Christopher Harris. Police say they also found a pickup truck that had been seen in the area the day of the murders.

Logan County court records show that Rick Gee's daughter Nicole was married to Harris for about three years. She filed for divorce in 2006 on charges of mental cruelty. Even though Harris and Nicole Gee divorced a couple years ago they apparently continued a relationship. Residents say they have a two month old baby together.

In May of this year, Gee filed a petition regarding child support payments ...and said that Chris Harris left the family in April.

It's not clear where he was living when the murders happened.

Residents say they are just glad police are making progress.

Well it makes you feel a little better. I figured they'd find him.

A three year old girl survived the attack and is recovering in the hospital. The judge ordered Christopher Harris to be held without bail. And if convicted he faces the death penalty.

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