Defense tries to shift blame to 14-year old Dillen, Part 1

Published 05/28 2013 04:46PM

Updated 05/28 2013 05:25PM

PEORIA COUNTY -- The defense in Christopher Harris' murder trial is turning attention away from the main suspect and instead, focusing on the 14-year old victim, Dillen. Harris claims he was the one who killed his family members in Beason in 2009. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels has more of Tuesday's testimony.

We're getting our first look into the life of Dillen Constant. The defense is trying to show Dillen was violent and unstable and killed his family.

A psychologist took the stand Tuesday. He went through Dillen's school, medical and mental health records to pinpoint certain risk factors which could lead to violence. Here's what he testified to; Dillen comes from a low-income family, which means less access to healthcare for his ADD. He had little support from his parents, learning problems and anti-social behavior, like stealing and property damage.

But, the biggest red flag for the defense is Dillen's history of violence. Reports show he often punched holes in the walls at home, threw rocks and pencils at kids at school, and twice, pulled a knife on his sister, Justina. Later, the defense talked about violent video games and what they have to do with the murders.

Prosecutors argue all the evidence points to Christopher Harris as the killer, adding, his bloody prints were found inside the home. Harris maintains the family was dead when he got there and he ran because he was scared.

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