The Hickory Street double murder case took a surprising twist this week when one of the defense lawyers complained about stories in Patch and the judge ordered the attorneys involved not to talk to the media.
Will County Judge Gerald Kinney also sealed the file for the case against accused killers Adam Landerman, 19, Joshua Miner, 24, Alisa Massaro, 18, and Bethany McKee, also 18.
The four were charged with murdering Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22, in Massaro's house on Hickory Street in Joliet.
Judge Kinney said he wants both defense attorneys and prosecutors to investigate who allegedly leaked police reports. The judge said he will revisit the issue on March 11.
Here's what else was going on in the area's courthouses last week:
- In Bridgeview, a teen charged with participating in the murder of a friend's parents appeared in court. The lawyers for Mohammad Salahat asked Judge Neil Linehan if the 18-year-old can continue his high school coursework in the Cook County Jail. The lawyers also set an April date to argue for the suppression of a statement Salahat supposedly made. The attorneys plan to argue over issues involving the search of Salahat's cell phone as well.
- A woman claiming she was injured by a flying T-shirt at the Taste of Joliet is suing event sponsor D'Arcy Buick GMC Inc.
- A Joliet man was sentenced to 90 years in prison for a 2009 murder in Channahon.
- Jury selection was completed and the trial started for a Chicago man charged with a 2007 murder in Plainfield.
- Back in Bridgeview, negotiations continued in the case against an Orland Park man charged with felony possession of child pornography.