Separate trials ordered in Joliet double murder
By Susan DeMar lafferty and FRANK VAISVILAS May 23, 2014 6:36PM
Clockwise from top left: Joshua Miner, Adam Landerman, Bethany McKee and Alissa Massaro. | Will County Sheriff's Office photos
Updated: June 26, 2014 6:40AM
The three remaining defendants in a January 2013 double murder in Joliet will be tried separately, a Will County judge ruled Friday.
Circuit Court Judge Gerald Kinney granted prosecutors’ request for separate trials for Joshua Miner, 25, Adam Landerman, 20, and Bethany McKee, 19, who are charged with first-degree murder in the strangulations of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins.
The Joliet men, both 22, were lured to a house, killed and robbed of money and drugs, according to prosecutors.
The fourth person charged, Alisa Massaro, 20, on Thursday pleaded guilty to lesser charges of robbery and concealing the homicides and agreed to testify against the others. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the plea agreement, and was transferred Friday to Logan Correctional Center north of Springfield, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Prosecutors dropped a first-degree murder charge against Massaro as part of her plea deal.
The two men were killed at Massaro’s father’s house, 1121 Hickory St., but prosecutors said that, while Massaro was in the house, she did not take part in killing them.
None of the defense attorneys objected to Assistant State’s Attorney John Connor’s motion for separate trials.
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.” The next court date for the three is set for June 16.
Prosecutors also said they want to try Miner first. He underwent a psychological evaluation earlier this year and was determined to be mentally fit for trial.
Landerman’s attorney, April Simmons, requested Friday that her client also undergo a psychological exam but with a different doctor. Kinney approved it, and Simmons estimated that it would take two months to complete the exam.
Miner’s attorney, Michael Renzi, filed a motion to suppress certain statements against his client.
McKee is represented by attorney Neil Patel.
Contributing: Mike Nolan