Jury ends 1st deliberations in Ill. 5 dead case

DAVID MERCER
Associated Press
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2009 file photo, Christopher Harris exits the Logan County Courthouse in Lincoln, Ill. Closing arguments began Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Peoria, Ill., during the trial for Harris who is accused of killing five members of his ex-wife's family in Beason , Ill., in 2009.  (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2009 file photo, Christopher Harris exits the Logan County Courthouse in Lincoln, Ill. Closing arguments began Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Peoria, Ill., during the trial for Harris who is accused of killing five members of his ex-wife's family in Beason , Ill., in 2009. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Jurors have finished their first day of deliberations in the trial of an Illinois man charged with beating five members of his ex-wife's family to death.

Judge Scott Drazewski sent jurors in the Christopher Harris trial home at 5 p.m. Thursday after about two hours of deliberating. The jury is expected to take up the case again Friday.

Harris is charged with killing Rick and Ruth Gee, two of her children and one of his in their home in the small town of Beason in 2009.

Harris admits killing one child. But he claims he killed 14-year-old Dillen Constant in self-defense after finding the boy had killed his own family.

Harris' brother testified that Harris admitted killing the family after a night of drinking and drug use.