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Judge orders unsealing of file on grisly Joliet murders

Updated: May 31, 2013 1:08PM

New details of the gruesome stranglings of two men in Joliet could be revealed later this week.

At the urging of the Sun-Times, a Will County judge has ordered the file of the grisly murders on Hickory Street unsealed, according to an order signed May 21 by Judge Gerald Kinney.

The entire file has been under seal. That includes the superseding indictment for the four defendants charged in the murder. All four pleaded not guilty to a fresh indictment earlier this month, but it is not known what the new charges allege. Legal experts said that sealing an entire file was extremely rare and is usually used in federal cases where national security is at risk.

In this case, Bethany McKee, Joshua Miner, Adam Landerman and Alisa Massaro are charged with murdering Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins. The strangled victims’ bodies were discovered in January at Massaro’s home. Leaked police reports contain conflicting interviews with suspects alleging that Miner and Massaro had sex on the men’s bodies, a source has confirmed. The disclosure of that and other outrageous allegations about the crime led to Kinney sealing the file.

Under his new order, attorneys on the case will be able to request that specific documents remain under seal, the judge wrote. Lawyers have until Friday to ask for certain documents to remain sealed.

A gag order, also ordered by Kinney, still stands. The new order bans attorneys, law enforcement agencies or other parties involved in the case from publicly discussing or releasing documents about it. It does, however, allow that basic information about the charges can be released.

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