Judge to hold hearing on evidence issue in murder case
By Frank Vaisvilas Correspondent April 15, 2014 9:56PM
Updated: May 17, 2014 6:47AM
A Will County judge on Tuesday said she would hold a hearing on whether to allow trial testimony about whether there was an abusive relationship between a Joliet man and his girlfriend before he allegedly shot and killed her in June 2002.
The state wants to present witnesses who will testify that Eric Glover, 42, had been abusive multiple times to his live-in girlfriend Velma Franklin before she was slain.
Prosecutors in court records acknowledge that Franklin had not reported the alleged instances of domestic violence to police.
“You don’t get twice-removed hearsay,” Circuit Court Judge Carla Alessio-Policandriotes told the prosecution Tuesday.
Glover was charged with Franklin’s murder in 2002, but the case was dismissed in 2003 because of a lack of evidence. Prosecutors had the option of charging him again and did so in May 2012 when he was serving a seven-year prison term on a 2011 conviction for being a habitual criminal.
On Tuesday, Glover’s attorney, Julie Primozic, said she was planning to contest the admissibility of the evidence of alleged domestic violence. She said there was much inconsistency in the witness statements and they “are from 2002, 2009 ... and 2011. So, they’re old.”
Assistant State’s Attorney Jessica Colon-Sayre argued that if the defense believes the statements were inconsistent, it will have the opportunity to cross-examine the witnesses at trial. She objected to having to first bring in the witnesses for a hearing.
“If we proceed with all the witnesses’ statements in a hearing, then we’re having a trial within a trial,” Colon-Sayre said. “We have numerous witnesses.”
Glover’s next court date is scheduled for May 14 when a date for the evidentiary hearing is expected to be set.