Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Man helped brother beat ex-wife’s family to death

LINCOLN, Ill. — An Illinois man has been charged with helping his older brother beat to death members of his ex-wife’s family, less than a week after the younger sibling insisted his brother was innocent of the crime.

Jason Harris, 22, of Armington, was charged Thursday with five counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, Logan County Sheriff Steve Nichols said. Identical charges were filed Oct. 2 against Harris’ brother, Christopher Harris, whose former father-in-law, Raymond “Rick” Gee, Gee’s wife, Ruth, and three of their children were found bludgeoned to death in their home in the tiny central Illinois town of Beason on Sept. 21.