A Darien couple expressed fear of their daughter’s boyfriend in the weeks before their murders, family and co-workers testified Wednesday.
DuPage County prosecutors want to introduce statements that murder victims Jeffrey and Lori Kramer allegedly made about Johnny Borizov at Borizov’s murder trial next month.
Borizov is accused of goading a friend to kill the Kramers, along with their son, Michael, 20. Prosecutors say the crime was spurred by Borizov’s custody dispute with Angela Kramer, Jeffrey and Lori Kramer’s daughter.
Lori Kramer’s father, William Svatos Jr., testified during a hearing Wednesday that he was in the kitchen of the Kramer family home in early 2010, about three months before the murders.
Lori Kramer, Svatos said, was crying over her daughter’s contentious relationship with Borizov when Jeffrey Kramer made a comment
“Jeff looked at me and said,`I’m worried about Johnny coming in and shooting up the place. He’s capable of that,’” Svatos said.
Lori Kramer was worried to the point she approached a supervisor at her Burr Ridge office in January 2010 to ask for additional workplace security, the supervisor testified.
Judge Daniel Guerin said he would rule March 29 whether to allow jurors to hear the statements allegedly made by the Kramers.
Attorneys for Borizov urged Guerin to disallow most of them, saying they didn’t meet the legal threshold to be included.
The Kramers and their son were shot to death in the early morning hours of March 2, 2010 during a break-in at their home.
Angela Kramer, her brother and a guest, were able to either hide or escape when gunfire erupted, authorities said.
Jacob Nodarse was arrested and later pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the murders. Nodarse, 26, formerly of Countryside, is awaiting sentencing in the DuPage County jail.
Prosecutors say Borizov manipulated Nodarse into committing the slayings and that Nodarse will testify for the prosecution at the trial, which is scheduled to begin April 16.
At Wednesday’s hearing, prosecutors asked the judge to reconsider his Monday ruling to allow a video and still cameras in the courtroom at the trial.
Guerin reserved his ruling after hearing additional arguments that the cameras would disrupt the proceedings.
The lawyers and the judge are scheduled to meet April 8 to discuss further details of the camera placement.