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Murder indictments handed down in Hickory Street strangulations

Updated: March 2, 2013 12:06PM



A Will County grand jury has indicted the four young people accused of killing two Joliet men during a bizarre party-turned-robbery earlier this month.

Adam Landerman, 19, Alisa Massaro, 18, Bethany McKee, 18, and Joshua Miner, 24, will be arraigned Tuesday on the six-count murder indictments.

Authorities say the four robbed and strangled Eric Glover, 22, and Terrance Rankins, 22, on Jan. 10 in Massaro’s house at 1121 N. Hickory St., then Landerman, Massaro and Miner continued to hang out and play video games.

The four are being held in the Will County Jail in lieu of $10 million bond.

Prosecutors for the Hickory Street murder case recently provided evidence to defense attorneys, including videotaped interviews with the suspects conducted by Joliet police as well as an interview Kankakee police conducted with McKee; recordings of phone conversations the defendants have had from the county jail; vehicle tow and inventory reports for the 2009 Dodge Caravan McKee had been driving the night of the murders as well as the 2006 Toyota Scion that Glover and Rankins had been driving; and search warrants for Massaro’s house and the two vehicles, which were filed under seal.

Prosecutors also have provided a list of witnesses who could be called to testify for the state in the case, including the parents of the defendants and the parents of the victims, a neighbor of the Massaro house, and Ivon Walsh, who had petitioned for an order of protection against Miner in 2009.

Joliet police were alerted to trouble at Massaro’s house Jan. 10 by the Shorewood Police Department.

Before 4 p.m. that day, Bethany McKee’s father, William McKee, had phoned police in Shorewood, according to sources. Bethany had called and told him what had happened at the house, sources said.

Joliet police arrived to find a scene Chief Mike Trafton later called, “one of the most brutal, heinous and upsetting” he’s ever witnessed.

Police say when they walked into the house they surprised Landerman, Massaro and Miner, who were playing video games. McKee had left the house, and police stopped her about 90 minutes later.

According to authorities, the suspects had planned to dismember the bodies to conceal the crime.



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