Photos and testimony portray gruesome scene, Part 1

Published 05/09 2013 05:27PM

Updated 05/09 2013 06:04PM

PEORIA COUNTY -- More details about the 2009 mass murder in Beason were released in court Thursday. Rick and Ruth Gee and three of their children were murdered. Police say Christopher Harris killed the family. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels has been following the trial from inside the courtroom.

The state is starting to build its case against Christopher Harris. The first order of business is to set the crime scene. Prosecutors spent most of the day showing the jury dozens of photos of the Gee home. They show blood pools and spatter covering almost everything.

The pictures also show where and how the bodies of each victim were found. The crime scene investigator who was there that day says at least two victims were dragged into place, raising even more questions of what exactly happened that night.

Harris showed a bit more emotion than Wednesday, at times, looking away from the screen and shaking his head. One witness, a paramedic, also got choked up while on the stand. He explained to jurors how he found the only survivor, toddler Tabitha Gee, beaten and clinging to life.

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