A man was charged with helping his brother beat to death members of his ex-wife's family at their home in central Illinois last month.

Logan County Sheriff Steve Nichols said Thursday that 22-year-old Jason Harris is charged with five counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. Identical charges were filed against Harris' brother, Christopher Harris, last week.

The charges allege that Jason Harris struck fatal blows against Rick and Ruth Gee and three of their children. The Gee's 3-year-old daughter, Tabitha, survived the attack.

Harris' court-appointed did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday night.

Christopher Harris was divorced several years ago from Nicole Gee, whose father, his wife and three of their children were killed.