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Judge reviews hearsay evidence in Darien murder case

A few months before Lori Kramer was gunned down in her Darien home, she purportedly told a co-worker Johnny Borizov had angrily threatened to harm her.

“She said that he said, ‘I’m going to hurt you,’ ” co-worker Dana Pauley testified Wednesday at a pre-trial hearing for Borizov.

The 31-year-old Borizov is charged with orchestrating the March 2, 2010 murders of Kramer, her husband, Jeffrey; and her youngest son, Michael.

All three were slain during a 3 a.m. shooting rampage that DuPage County prosecutors contend was fueled by a bitter child custody battle between Borizov and his ex-girlfriend, Angela Kramer — the daughter of Jeffrey and Lori Kramer.

She also was targeted by admitted gunman Jacob Nodarse, prosecutors said, but hid in a closet to escape the gunfire that killed her parents and brother.

Prosecutors are trying to win a judge’s permission to use several so-called hearsay statements from Lori and Jeffrey Kramer to bolster their case against Borizov, who has denied any involvement in the slayings.

A relative on Wednesday also testified Jeffrey Kramer had said in January 2010 that he feared Borizov would try to harm his family.

“I’m worried about this Johnny coming in and shooting up the place. He’s capable of it,” William Svatos Jr. said his son-in-law told him.

Defense attorneys are asking Judge Daniel Guerin to bar the statements, but Guerin deferred his ruling.

Nodarse has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to fatally shooting Jeffrey Kramer and agreed to testify against Borizov, a friend whom he says persuaded him to carry out the killings.

Borizov’s attorneys are expected to argue that Nodarse suffered such severe psychological problems at the time of the murders that his testimony is unreliable.

Borizov is scheduled to stand trial next month.

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