Ex-girlfriend recalls fights between her family, murder suspect
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org April 24, 2013 1:10PM
Updated: May 28, 2013 7:54PM
When her father tried to help with her disabled car, Johnny Borizov pulled a knife and angrily threatened him, Angela Kramer said.
“He yelled it, screamed it: ‘get the f--- off my property,’ ” Kramer testified Wednesday, recounting what her former boyfriend allegedly told Jeffrey Kramer during the April 7, 2009 confrontation.
A month later, Borizov abruptly stalked out of family party, using the car seat containing the couple’s infant son to push away her mother and grandmother, Kramer said.
The Darien woman finished two days of dramatic testimony against Borizov by recounting a series of clashes he had with her parents and brother in the months before all three were murdered.
DuPage County prosecutors contend that after Kramer ended her relationship with Borizov, he pressured a mentally ill friend to kill her along with her family so he could gain sole custody of their 13-month-old son.
Borizov is being tried on charges of murder and murder solicitation for allegedly recruiting Jacob Nodarse to carry out the March 2, 2010 shooting attack inside the family’s Darien home.
The 3 a.m. rampage killed Kramer’s parents, Jeffrey, 50, and Lori, 48, along with her 20-year-old brother, Michael.
Angela Kramer, now 28, earlier described in wrenching detail how she survived by hiding in a closet and dialing 911.
Her older brother, Anthony, on Wednesday also described the attack, telling jurors he awoke in his basement bedroom when he heard a loud noise “like a heavy object falling.”
Then screaming and gunshots erupted, he said.
“I heard my brother say, ‘oh, my God,’ and I heard a gunshot go off,” Anthony Kramer said.
He heard more yells and a flurry of gunshots, then sudden silence.
“I was listening for the door to open to see if the intruder was going to come after me,” he said, describing how he escaped the house by crawling out a basement window.
Neither Anthony nor his sister ever saw the gunman who carried out the attack.
Nodarse, now 26, has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to killing Jeffrey Kramer during the shooting spree in a plea deal that requires him to testify against Borizov.
Attorneys for the 31-year-old Borizov contend Nodarse — struggling with mental illness, along with drug and alcohol addictions — decided on his own to kill the family because of an ongoing dispute with Michael Kramer.
Police pressured Nodarse to implicate Borizov, who at the time of the slayings was recorded by security cameras at a Joliet casino, defense attorney Paul DeLuca told jurors as the trial opened.
Angela Kramer told jurors her relationship with Borizov fell apart in 2009 largely because he detested her family and refused to allow her to visit them with their son.
Borizov flew into a rage in April 2009 when he returned to the couple’s Countryside home and found Jeffrey Kramer towing away her inoperable car, Angela Kramer said.
Borizov took a folding knife out of his pocket and repeatedly ordered her father to leave, Kramer testified, though she agreed Borizov didn’t try to stab her dad or another man helping him.
“He never stuck it out or lunged at anyone?” Borizov attorney Susanna Ortiz asked.
“Not that I saw,” Kramer answered.
She told jurors an enraged Borizov left the May 2009 party at her grandmother’s apartment, then used the infant seat in which their son sat to fend off her mother and grandmother as they followed him down a hallway.
“He kept pushing them away as they’re following him,” Kramer told jurors hearing the trial. “We thought he was going to harm the baby.”
When Kramer and Borizov split up in January 2010, she said he called her and ordered her to come to the house they had been sharing to pick up her clothes and other possessions.
Kramer said she arrived to find Borizov scattering those items across the front lawn and porch.
“He was throwing all my belongings outside on the ground,” she testified.