Murder victim’s family OKs partial settlement in lawsuit
By Janet Lundquist email@example.com October 22, 2013 4:32PM
A Joliet Police squad sits near the house where two people were killed Thursday in the 1100 block of Hickory Street in Joliet, Illinois, Friday, January 11, 2013. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 24, 2013 6:37AM
A Will County judge on Tuesday approved a partial settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the mother of one of the Hickory Street murder victims in Joliet.
Nicole Jones filed the lawsuit in September, seeking more than $10 million for Eric Glover’s next of kin.
Authorities have charged four people with the murders of Glover, 22, and Terrance Rankins, 22, in January in a house at 1121 N. Hickory St., the home of one of the defendants, Alisa Massaro.
She and Joshua Miner, Adam Landerman and Bethany McKee are accused of inviting Glover and Rankins to the house on Jan. 10 and strangling them.
Massaro’s father, Phillip, and his estranged wife, Brittany Massaro, were defendants in the lawsuit because they owned the house at the time of the killings.
The lawsuit claimed the Massaros failed to take reasonable care for the safety of people who visited their house and to exclude potentially violent people from the premises, did not prevent the use of illicit drugs in the house and allowed Landerman and Miner to be there while knowing they were drug users prone to “unpredictable acts of violence.”
On Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Bobbi Petrungaro approved a partial settlement in the case, giving Glover’s family $150,000 from Massaros’ insurance company — $112,500 after attorney fees are paid. The award clears the couple of any further liability, attorneys said.