Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover were strangled to death nearly a month earlier, but just this week their friends and family finally got an in-person glimpse of the two young men and two young women charged with killing them.
Adam Landerman, 19, Alisa Massaro, 18, Joshua Miner, 24, and Bethany McKee, 24, were brought to court together for their arraignments Tuesday morning. Each of the four faces six counts of first degree murder in connection with the slaying of Rankins and Glover, both 22.
It was the second court appearance for Landerman, Massaro, Miner and McKee, but they were not in court for the prior date. They made that appearance via a closed circuit video hookup from the Will County jail.
That was only one of the things going on at the Will County Courthouse over the course of the week that just ended. We also had:
- A tentative settlement agreement in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against David McCarthy of Naperville. McCarthy, 28, still faces a criminal charge for allegedly running down 20-year-old Melissa Lech on Joliet's McDonough Street in August 2008.
- A Romeoville man suing his former lady friend, her daughter, and three Lockport men for allegedly beating him senseless and fracturing his skull with a golf club.
- A DuPage County man claiming his leg was gashed on a stake at Joliet's CPX Sports is suing the place.
- The star witness in a murder-for-hire plot allegedly hatched by a lawyer locked up in the county jail getting arrested on a charge of domestic battery.
- The lawyer for a former Lincoln-Way Central High School teacher up on a felony telephone threat charge getting a judge to allow his client to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.