Trial date could be set this week for defendant in Joliet double-killing
BY JON SEIDEL Staff Reporter July 21, 2014 1:36PM
Clockwise from top left: Joshua Miner, Adam Landerman, Bethany McKee and Alissa Massaro. | Will County Sheriff's Office photos
Updated: July 21, 2014 5:35PM
Attorneys continued to prepare Monday for the murder trial of one of four people accused of a grisly 2013 double homicide in Joliet.
Bethany McKee, 20, has been charged in connection with the January 2013 strangling deaths of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22.
She had been scheduled to go on trial Monday, but her attorney, Chuck Bretz, asked for a delay last week after prosecutors turned over new evidence. During a short hearing Monday, Bretz told Will County Judge Gerald Kinney that evidence included 10 hours of tapes.
According to Bretz’s motion, filed last week, those are “taped conversations of the Defendant while in the custody of the Will County Sheriff’s Department.”
In court, Bretz also mentioned prosecutors will try to bring up evidence of other crimes during McKee’s trial, as well as a 911 call.
Bretz and Will County prosecutors are expected to return to court Wednesday to set a new trial date for McKee.
McKee was arrested along with Alisa Massaro, 20, Joshua Miner, 26, and Adam Landerman, 21, after Glover and Rankins were found dead Jan. 10, 2013, in Massaro’s Joliet home in the 1100 block of North Hickory Street.
Landerman and Miner appeared with McKee in court Monday. The two men are expected to return to court Aug. 14 for a status hearing on their individual cases.
Massaro pleaded guilty in May to robbery and concealment of a homicidal death in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence. A source has confirmed that police reports allege Massaro and Miner had sex on the victims’ bodies, though those reports contain conflicting interviews with the suspects.