Woman accused in murders can see young daughter
By Susan DeMar Laferty email@example.com January 30, 2014 11:30AM
A Joliet Police squad sits near the house where two people were killed Thrusday in the 1100 block of Hickory Street in Joliet, Illinois, Friday, January 11, 2013. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 3, 2014 4:40PM
A woman accused in the grisly murder of two Joliet men a year ago will be allowed to see her young daughter, who was with her the night she was arrested, a Will County judge ruled Thursday.
Bethany McKee is one of four people accused in the January 2012 murders of Eric Glover, 22, and Terrance Rankins, 22, in a house at 1121 N. Hickory St., the home of one of the defendants, Alisa Massaro. Also charged in the case are Joshua Miner and Adam Landerman.
Authorities say the four robbed and strangled Glover and Rankins, and then Landerman and Massaro continued to party and play video games with Miner. A source also confirmed for the Chicago Sun-Times that police reports, which contain conflicting interviews with the suspects, allege that Miner and Massaro had sex on the victims’ bodies.
The defendants had a plan to dismember the bodies before disposing of them, according to the reports, and they talked about keeping the teeth as trophies.
McKee was arrested in Kankakee about 5:20 p.m. Jan. 10, 2012, driving a 2009 Dodge Caravan. Her daughter was in the van, seated in a child seat, and was placed in the care of
McKee’s parents, William and Teresa McKee, of Shorewood, according to court records.
McKee has not had contact with her daughter since she was arrested and had filed a motion to be allowed to have a visit with her child at the county jail, a request that Circuit Court Judge Gerald Kinney granted on Thursday.
Kinney said “it is hard to make exceptions” but he allowed the visit “at least this one time.”He told Neil Patel, McKee’s lawyer, “not to make a habit of this.”
Assistant State’s Attorney John Connor objected to the in-person visit, saying that “video visitations are always available.”
Patel said the visit would be within the next few weeks after a time is scheduled with jail officials.
McKee’s mother will be bringing her daughter.