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3 defendants in Hickory Street murders to be tried separately

Updated: May 23, 2014 5:47PM



The three remaining co-defendants charged with the murder of two Joliet men last year will be tried separately, Judge Gerald Kinney ruled Friday, acting on a request from the state’s attorneys.

The fourth co-defendant, Alisa Massaro, 20, negotiated a plea deal Thursday, pleading guilty to lesser charges of robbery and concealing the homicides. She is expected to testify against Joshua Miner, 25, Adam Landerman, 20, and Bethany McKee, 19, who are charged in the January 2013 strangulation deaths of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins at Massaro’s father’s house, 1121 Hickory St.

None of the defense attorneys objected to the Assistant State’s Attorney’s John Connor’s motion to try each defendant separately.

Kinney said he wants to keep some of the defendants’ court hearings on the same date to “keep them all moving on the same track.” Massaro was not at Friday’s hearing, but the other three were. Their next court date is June 16.

Prosecutors they want to try Miner first. He underwent a psychological evaluation this year and was determined to be fit for trial.

Landerman’s attorney, April Simmons, requested that her client also undergo a psychological evaluation, but with a different doctor. Kinney allowed it and Simmons estimated that it would take two months to complete the exam.

Miner’s attorney, Michael Renzi, filed a motion to suppress statements against his client.

Bethany McKee was represented by attorney Neil Patel.



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