A DuPage County First as Courtroom Photo/Video Upheld for Murder Trial
A judge overruled attorneys' objections and will allow cameras in the trial of Willow Springs resident Johnny Borizov, set to begin next month, for a Darien triple-murder.
The trial of a man charged with plotting the murder of three Darien residents will be open to photographers and videographers, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday, a first in DuPage County according to the newspaper.
Johnny Borizov of Willow Springs will be on trial beginning April 16 for the murder of Jeffrey, Lori and Michael Kramer, who were shot to death in March 2010 by Jacob Nodarse in a scheme, prosecutors allege, plotted by Borizov and meant to kill Angela Kramer, daughter of Jeffrey and Lori, sister of Michael, and father of Borizov's son.
Angela Kramer was in the house at the time and survived by hiding in a closet and dialing 911, officials have said.
Nodarse pleaded guilty in 2011 to a single murder count in a deal with prosecutors to secure his testimony against Borizov. Nodarse faces a minimum of 45 years in prison when he is eventually sentenced after testifying.
Judge Daniel Guerin ruled Monday that one video camera and one still camera will be allowed in the courtroom despite objections from both prosecutors and defense attorneys, the Trib reported.
Three witnesses who were present in the Kramers' house at the time of the murders will be off-limits for photographers, Guerin ruled.
DuPage County first applied for cameras in courtrooms in September of 2012 to begin testing the concept. Recording equipment has been present at hearings and arraignments, but never yet at a full criminal trial.
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