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Digital Evidence Presented in Harris Trial
Today wraps up the third day of testimony in the Christopher Harris trial. Records from the victims' computers and cell phones offer clues into what happened in a Beason home the night five people were murdered in September 2009.
The digital evidence gives us a better idea of when the murders of Rick and Ruth Gee and their three children took place.
A family friend called 911 after discovering the bodies around 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 2009. Data from the hard drive in the family's laptop showed the computer switched to battery power and was unplugged around 1:15 that morning.
Prosecutors said Christopher Harris went to the home that night to steal that laptop and sexually assault the teenage daughter.
Records show the last Yahoo! chat message sent from Rick Gee's cell phone was at 12:45. He received one at 1:45 a.m., and never responded.
A crime scene investigator testified he recovered 14-year-old Dillen Constant's PlayStation gaming system and Mortal Kombat games from his bedroom. The system showed someone saved the last game at 6 p.m. the night before the murders.
The video games are relevant to the defense's theory because the defense says Harris walked in on Constant killing his own family. They said Dillen was deeply troubled and lived in a home exposed to drugs and pornography.
Investigators did find both of those things in the parents' bedroom. They say the house was in generally poor condition. They testified to dents and damage to the walls and doors of the house, consistent with punching or kicking.
But there's no way of knowing what caused the damage or when.
Earlier in the day, prosecutors held up the alleged murder weapon--a tire iron--in the courtroom for the jury to see. It was recovered in rural Tazewell County, along with a pair of tennis shoes and a computer AirCard.
First Week of Harris Trial Wraps Up (5 p.m. May 10)