The first trial resulting from the gruesome murders of two young men last year begins today in Joliet.
20-year-old Bethany McKee is charged with murder in the killings of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins. Both victims were 22.
During opening statements, prosecutors said McKee and three others lured the victims to a home and killed them for drugs and $120 cash.
They allege the defendants strangled the victims and tied plastic bags around their heads.
One defendant, 20-year-old Alisa Massaro pleaded guilty to lesser charges in May. She is expected to testify against McKee and the others.
21-year-old Adam Landerman and 26-year-old Joshua Miner remain in jail awaiting trial.
Prosecutors say Massaro, Landerman and Miner were found by police in Massaro’s house in January 2013, still with the bodies.
Veteran investigators described the murder scene as one of the most horrific they’d ever seen.
The judge sealed court files and issued a gag order soon after arrests because of a leaked report.
That report said two of the defendants had sex on top of the bodies after the killings and planned to keep the teeth as trophies.
Eric Glover’s mother and brother spoke to the media before court today. “I’ll never be ready. I’ve never been through this before,” said Glover’s mother, Nicole Jones.
McKee and her attorney have opted for a bench trial, so there will be no jury.
During his opening remarks, McKee’s attorney said there is no evidence to prove his client physically did anything to cause the deaths of the two victims.
The trial is expected to last for several days.
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