Before triple slaying, admitted killer told sister, co-workers he was being threatened
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org May 2, 2013 1:24PM
Defendant Johnny Borizov looks to his attorneys as testimony continues in the murder and murder solicitation charges against him in a DuPage County courtroom on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Prosecutors contend Borizov pressured a friend, Jacob Nodarse, to kill Angela Kramer and her family in their Darien home on March 2, 2010 so Borizov could gain sole custody of their 13-month-old son. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times
Updated: June 4, 2013 6:25AM
Months before Jacob Nodarse gunned down three people, he told his younger sister he was in danger.
And Nodarse urged her to shut down her Facebook and other social media sites, warning she unknowingly faced the same threat he did, his 20-year-old sister, Linnea, testified Thursday.
“I have people who are very angry with me and they might hurt you,” she said Nodarse told her.
Her testimony came during the triple murder trial of 31-year-old Johnny Borizov, whom DuPage County prosecutor contend coerced Nodarse, into carry out the 2010 shootings.
Prosecutors allege Borizov wanted his ex-girlfriend, Angela Kramer, and her family slain so he could obtain sole custody of the couple’s 13-month-old son.
Nodarse has admitted breaking into Kramer’s Darien home and then fatally shooting her parents, Jeffrey and Lori Kramer, along with her 20-year-old brother, Michael.
Angela Kramer survived the March 2, 2010 attack by hiding in a closet.
Nodarse, now 26, testified last week he committed the murders only after being pressured for months by Borizov, whom he believed ran a gang involved in murders, drug sales and extortion.
Borizov repeatedly had warned that Nodarse and his family would be killed by members of that gang if he failed to kill the Kramers, Nodarse claimed.
Seeking to bolster his account, prosecutors offered testimony from his sister and several co-workers, who described how Nodarse complained of being threatened and watched.
“He said he was being followed and he felt like his phone was being tapped,” said Tom Masson, who had worked at a suburban BMW dealership with Nodarse.
Arrested in Fort Myers, Fla. a day after the murders, Nodarse told police there he had to kill the Kramers to protect himself and his family.
“I went over there and I did it because if I didn’t, my family was going to die,” a disheveled Nodarse told investigators in a videotaped interrogation played for jurors.
Borizov’s attorneys have attacked Nodarse’s claims that he was coerced, pointing to Nodarse’s long history of mental illness, along with his alcohol and drug abuse.
Nodarse also admitted that a few months before the killings that he had a falling out with Michael Kramer, who had been a close friend.