Prosecution nearing end of case, Part 1

Published 05/22 2013 06:04PM

Updated 05/22 2013 06:07PM

PEORIA COUNTY -- The prosecution is nearing the end of its case in Christopher Harris' murder trial. In fact, the state could rest its case as soon as Thursday. WCIA-3's Steve Staeger has more from the courtroom.

The prosecution appears to by tying up  some loose ends as attorneys prepare to hand the case over to the defense. In court Wednesday, they called a doctor to take the stand to testify about the lone survivor in the case; 3-year old Tabitha Gee.

The doctor treated Tabitha from the time she entered a Peoria hospital the day of the murders, until she was released weeks later. The pediatrician talked the jury through CT scans and 3D images of Tabitha's skull, which was fractured in two places.

Her injuries were so severe, doctors had to cut the right side of her skull off to let it swell. That skull flap wasn't replaced for two weeks.

The doctor testified the injuries appeared to be caused by blunt force trauma to the head. Tabitha was released from the hospital October 19. When she was, doctors say some of her cognitive functions were slow and she had some trouble moving her left side.

Prosecutors could rest their case Thursday afternoon. The defense could start then or wait until Friday morning.

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