Defense in Grisly Mass Murder Case Blames Victim and His Video Gaming Habits

May 14, 2013 -

The murder trial of Chris Harris from Arminton, Illinois began earlier this month in Peoria, Illinois. Harris is accused of murdering Rick and Ruth Gee and three of their children with a tire iron in the family’s Beason home in late September 2009. One of the children, a three-year-old girl, survived the attack. Prosecutors laid out what happened after brothers Chris and Jason Harris, intoxicated from a night of drinking and doing cocaine visited the Gee home in search of marijuana.

When the trial began prosecutor Jonathan Wright showed grisly photos from the crime scene and told jurors that Jason Harris will provide testimony against his brother as part of a plea deal. Jason Harris took a plea deal of 20-years in prison on charges of concealment of a homicide, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and obstruction of justice for his testimony. He claims that his brother told him after the murders that he didn't want to leave any witnesses behind.

We're mentioning the case here because the defense plans to call an expert witness to testify on the effects of violent video games. The defense claims that Chris Harris did not commit the crime, but instead walked in on one of the victims - 14-year-old Dillen Gee - as he was murdering his own family. Defense attorney Peter Naylor said in opening remarks at the start of the trial earlier this month that Chris Harris was forced to kill Dillen in self-defense. The defense will call an "expert witness" that will discuss the effects that violent video games can have on people, and plan to try and paint Dillen as an antisocial teen with low grades and a history of violent tendencies.

Currently the prosecution is presenting its evidence. The trial is expected to continue for the rest of May.

You can get the particulars on the case on the Pentagraph, who are covering this trial extensively.

 


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Re: Defense in Grisly Mass Murder Case Blames Victim and His ...

To be blunt: this is un-fucking-believeable. If defense attorneys ever wonder why there's so much general animosity toward them, here's Exhibit A.

Re: Defense in Grisly Mass Murder Case Blames Victim and His ...

Justice isn't blind, it's just stupid. ;)

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Re: Defense in Grisly Mass Murder Case Blames Victim and His ...

You need to also read this one.... Wright: Harris killed Gee family to leave no witnesses

It gives you the full story of what really happened... and it WASN'T because of video games and it wasn't done by a 14 year old. Pay close attention to the bit about the tire iron... who had it and who didn't.

That a$$hole will say anything to keep his a$$ out of jail.. including blaming it on someone who can't even defend themselves (a dead 14 year old).

Re: Defense in Grisly Mass Murder Case Blames Victim and His ...

This sounds like that joke that goes "You all saw it! That orphanage was coming straight for me! I had to burn it down!"

Re: Defense in Grisly Mass Murder Case Blames Victim and His ...

SO if the perp didn't play video games, but the victim did, they'll blame the victim, so long as it's  the game industry's fault.

Re: Defense in Grisly Mass Murder Case Blame Victim and His ...

... wow.

So the defense's strategy is blame the victim and rely on a "expert witness" rather than substantial evidence?

Re: Defense in Grisly Mass Murder Case Blames Victim and His ...

This is at least original in it's stupidity. I don't recall a case of video games made em do it ever being blamed on the gaming habits of the victim.

"Yeah, your Honor I was drunk and doing coke, then I wandered into this house looking for weed where I found this 14 year old kid murdering his family and then I had to kill him out of self defense. Oh did I mention he played video games? Well, he did and they were violent so that makes me innocent of this crime."

Re: Defense in Grisly Mass Murder Case Blames Victim and His ...

Sad thing is, given what coke and booze can do to your brain and memory, he might actually remember it that way at this point.   Memory is much easier to screw with then people tend to think.

Re: Defense in Grisly Mass Murder Case Blames Victim and His ...

Memory is terrible. You're basically telling yourself the story each time you remember. You can easily influence people to alter small or big parts of their memory, change who did what and the case of one person that became color-blind has shown that you even lose memories of things you can't comprehend right now. Your mood, recent events, opinions, all of it influence memory.

Testimonies, psychologists (especially those that try to regress memory), line pick ups, all of those are a shame on us for what science has proven to be completely unreliable. The better our other tools, the more we should discard our natural memory (or improve it)...

Re: Defense in Grisly Mass Murder Case Blames Victim and His ...

"The defense claims that Chris Harris did not commit the crime, but instead walked in on one of the victims - 14-year-old Dillen Gee - as he was murdering his own family. Defense attorney Peter Naylor said in opening remarks at the start of the trial earlier this month that Chris Harris was forced to kill Dillen in self-defense."

Yeeeeeeah, I'm a bit inclined to not really immediately believe what a drunk, cracked out guy claims happened after breaking into someone else's house looking for pot... Really sounds like they're desperately throwing anything they can at the wall and hoping it sticks.

Re: Defense in Grisly Mass Murder Case Blames Victim and His ...

Good you said it so didn't need too :p

Drunk on drugs and they're going to actually try to say a 14 yo managed all of that carnage with a TIRE IRON?! .... talk about an easy overpower for the parents at least.... the case is easily not going in the way of the defense with this one, anyone that buys that needs a mental evaluation and cat scan pronto.

 
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