Jurors in the Christopher Vaughn murder trial were shown video this morning of the inside of his family’s large, empty Oswego home.
Vaughn’s defense team played the video, which was taken while authorities used a warrant to search the home about a month after Vaughn’s wife and three children were shot in 2007.
Illinois State police officers were searching the home for camping gear and removed two backpacks full of items, including an arrow.
Vaughn, 37, is on trial in the shooting deaths of his wife, Kimberly Vaughn, 34, and their three school-age children. All four were shot after Christopher Vaughn pulled the family’s SUV onto a frontage road near Channahon on the way to a Springfield water park.
Prosecutors say Christopher Vaughn shot and killed his family – including 12-year-old Abigayle, 11-year-old Cassandra and 8-year-old Blake – as part of a plot to start a new life in the Canadian wilderness.
Also this morning, Vaughn’s defense attorneys called Deborah Mogle, a teacher at Oswego School District 308 who taught Cassandra “Sandy” Vaughn’s 5th grade class at Old Post Elementary School.
Mogle testified that Kimberly Vaughn called her not long before the shootings, concerned that her daughter was turning in her schoolwork late.
“She was concerned about Sandy not turning her work in on time,” Mogle said. “She said, ‘Well, I’ve been crying about this all day.’”
Vaughn’s defense is that his wife, distraught over her husband’s affairs and taking medication that increased the likelihood of violent or suicidal behavior, killed her three children and then herself.
Mogle testified on cross-examination that Kimberly Vaughn was a very involved parent and that she wanted them in a safe environment.