Murder suspect wants to support his baby’s mother
By Janet Lundquist email@example.com May 16, 2013 5:08PM
Updated: June 18, 2013 8:27AM
Adam Landerman, one of four young people charged in Joliet with a heinous double-killing, seemed barely able to utter the word “murder” last week during a hearing where he found out he is a father.
Landerman was in Will County court May 10 to hear the results of paternity testing, which came back 99.9 percent positive that he is the father of a Lockport girl.
At one point, Judge Brian Barrett asked Landerman, 19, why he was in jail.
“I am being accused of first degree,” Landerman said twice, according to a transcript of the proceedings obtained Thursday by The Herald-News.
“First degree what?” Barrett asked.
“Murder,” Landerman said.
The mother of the child, Tiffany Rachal, appeared in court that day, too, and left the room in tears when the hearing ended. She declined to comment.
Rachal in October filed a petition to determine paternity for her daughter, about two months before Landerman was arrested for the murders of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins. The girl was born in March 2012.
Landerman was charged in January, along with Josh Miner, Bethany McKee and Alisa Massaro. The four are accused of killing Glover and Rankins, both 22, in Massaro’s house at 1121 N. Hickory St. in Joliet. Landerman is being held in lieu of $10 million bail.
Barrett said he would not court order visitation between Landerman and his child or the child’s mother. He also did not order Landerman to provide financial support, though Landerman told Barrett he wanted to give the child’s mother money.
“I am going to be able to set up some way of, you know, income to, you know, give her so that, you know, I can help her support the child while I am in here,” Landerman said, according to the transcript.
“How do you plan on doing that?” Barrett asked.
“I have a lot of family that would love to help me out.”
Landerman and his co-defendants are scheduled to appear in court on their murder cases May 31.