By: Clifford Ward
Prosecutors expect to call their final major witness before resting their case by midweek in the trial of Johnny Borizov, the Willow Springs man accused of masterminding the murders of a Darien family.
The DuPage County trial, the first televised murder trial in the Chicago area, will enter its third week Tuesday. On Friday, prosecutors told Judge Daniel Guerin they may rest their case Wednesday.
Before that happens, jurors will likely hear from the state’s last major witness, the mental health expert who examined Jacob Nodarse, the man who has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the murders of a Darien couple and their son. Nodarse has testified that he committed the murders at Borizov’s behest.
Borizov, 31, is accused of the murders and solicitation of the murders of Jeffrey Kramer, 50; his wife, Lori Kramer, 48; and their son, Michael, 20. They were shot to death by Nodarse in the family’s home in the early morning hours of March 2, 2010. Borizov and Angela Kramer, Jeffrey and Lori’s daughter, have a young son, and authorities say a pending custody battle and Borizov’s poor relationship with the Kramer family sparked the crime.
Borizov’s defense team contends that Nodarse committed the shootings on his own, and then was manipulated by police into implicating Borizov.
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