Defense wants inquiry into leaked evidence in Joliet murder case
By Janet Lundquist Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org May 31, 2013 1:28PM
Adam M. Landerman (clockwise, from top left), Alisa R. Massaro, Joshua F. Miner and Bethany L. McKee
Updated: July 2, 2013 8:05AM
While the court files in a brutal Joliet double murder are to be reopened soon, defense attorneys want a special prosecutor to investigate who leaked evidence in the case to the news media.
The entire case file has been under seal, including a superseding indictment against four people — Alisa Massaro, Adam Landerman, Joshua Miner and Bethany McKee — for the murders of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22, who were strangled in January at Massaro’s home, in the 1100 block of North Hickory Street. All four have pleaded not guilty to the new indictment.
Leaked police reports contain conflicting interviews with the defendants and allegations that Miner and Massaro had sex on the men’s dead bodies, a source has confirmed. The disclosure of that and other outrageous allegations about the crime led to Will County Circuit Court Judge Gerald Kinney sealing the case file.
Employees of the Joliet Police Department and the county state’s attorney and public defender offices all gave sworn statements to the judge, denying leaking the case information.
Public defender Frank Astrella, who represents Miner, on Friday requested a special prosecutor to investigate whether any of the employees were lying. Kinney did not address that request during Friday’s court hearing.
Assistant State’s Attorney John Connor told the judge the state would like to keep sealed witness lists and the results of search warrants and DNA tests.
Kinney said he would review the items that attorneys want to stay under seal to determine if they should remain so.
A gag order imposed by Kinney still stands, which bans attorneys, law enforcement agencies or other parties involved in the case from publicly discussing or releasing documents about it. It does, however, allow basic information about the charges to be released.
The four defendants are scheduled to next appear in court June 26.