Cameras in Illinois courtrooms have only been allowed in a handful of times. This is the first time its happened in the Chicago metro area.
And it’s for a high profile murder case against Johnny Borizov. He’s charged in the 2010 murders of Jeffery, Lori and Michael Kramer at their Darien home. In opening statements Tuesday, DuPage County prosecutors claimed Borizov convinced his friend, Jacob Nodarse, to kill the family.
Prosecutors say Borizov was locked in a bitter custody battle with his girlfriend, Angela Kramer, who survived by hiding inside a closet during the shootings in the early morning hours of March 2, 2010.
Nodarse was arrested in Florida the day after the shooting. Last year, he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the murders and will testify against Borizov in this trial.
During opening statements, the prosecution painted a picture of a jealous boyfriend who disliked Angela Kramer’s family and was jealous of the close relationship between Angela and her mother, Lori.
The prosecution claims Borizov became the main influence in Nodarse’s life before the murders.
“He wants Angela Kramer dead and he has to find someone to do it. He had to find a guy, and he did. Jake Nodarse: the perfect patsy,” said DuPage County Prosecutor Joe Ruggiero. “He groomed this guy for months.”
In is opening statement, Borizov’s attorney focused on Nodarse, calling him a drug-addicted, psychotic individual who acted alone and cannot be trusted.
“This was Jake imagining this stuff as he began to sink deeper and deeper into a fog of mental illness,” said defense attorney Paul DeLuca.
Two witnesses have testified so far, but the judge did not allow cameras to record either of them. Angela Kramer was among those who testified. She said that Borizov, her ex-boyfriend and father of her son, was a controlling, jealous person who threatened her father and brother during arguments. At times, the police were called during those arguments.
This case has the potential to go for several weeks. More than 100 witnesses could be called to testify.