PEORIA, IL Â â€” Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Logan County Stateâ€™s Attorney Jonathan Wright commended a Peoria County jury for finding Christopher Harris guilty of the September 2009 murders of Raymond â€œRickâ€ Gee, Ruth Gee, Justina Constant, Dillen Constant and Austin Gee, and the attempted murder of Tabitha Gee at their home in Beason, Ill. Harris was convicted of first-degree murder, attempted murder, home invasion, armed robbery and aggravated battery of a child. His sentencing is set for July 19, 2013.
In response to todayâ€™s conviction, Attorney General Madigan made the following statement:
â€œIt is my hope that this verdict brings some measure of closure and peace of mind to the victimsâ€™ family and friends and to the entire community of Beason, knowing that justice has been served and that Christopher Harris will be held responsible for committing these heinous crimes. I want to thank the members of the jury for their service and commend the prosecution team for their hard work and dedication in seeing this case to a successful conclusion.â€
Logan County Stateâ€™s Attorney Wright added:
â€œThe juryâ€™s verdict brings with it some justice to the tragic and brutal loss of life of Rick Gee, Ruth Gee, Justina Constant, Dillen Constant and Austin Gee, and the physical and emotional trauma on the child who survives. My heart goes out to the victimsâ€™ family, and I hope this day brings some closure for them. On behalf of the citizens of Logan County, I want to convey our thanks to Sheriff Steve Nichols and his officers and the Illinois State Police who devoted significant time and resources to a successful investigation. I also thank Attorney General Madigan and her staff for their diligence in prosecuting this case to a successful verdict.â€
The Logan County Stateâ€™s Attorneyâ€™s office requested the assistance of Attorney General Madiganâ€™s office in prosecuting Harris. The trial was moved to Peoria County following a ruling on a defense motion for a change of venue. Working with Stateâ€™s Attorney Wright, Assistant Attorneys General Michael Atterberry, Steven Nate and Robert Hollinshead assisted on the case for Madiganâ€™s Criminal Enforcement Division.