Jury hears from Christopher Harris in day three of testimony

By WEEK Reporter

May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 10:31 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Testimony continued Friday in the Christopher Harris murder trial.

For the first time jurors saw physical evidence from the crime scene including a tire iron believed to have been used to kill five members of the Gee family.

Authorities found the tire iron, a pair of shoes and a computer air card in a field in rural Armington about two weeks after the murders. The Gee's computer was found in Jason Harris' truck during a search a few days later.

An Illinois State Police Investigator was questioned about shoe patterns found outside the Gee home. Prosecutors say they show Jason was outside when the murders took place.

Friday afternoon's testimony focused mainly around video games found in Dillen Constant's room. The games play into the defense's claims that Dillen was mentally unstable and killed four members of his family.

Just before recessing for the weekend, jurors began watching an interview with Christopher Harris recorded just over a week after the murders.

In the video, investigators told Harris his footprints matched those found inside the Gee family home. Harris said, "those are not my footprints, I guarantee it."

Investigators went on to ask Harris what he did the Thursday before the murders. Harris, appearing calm, mentioned he had argued with Nicole Gee and told his sister on the phone that he was moving out.

At that point prosecutors stopped the DVD because a portion which should have been edited had not been taken out. The judge agreed to wait until Monday to resume that portion of testimony so that technical issues could be resolved.

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