Fitness Hearing Set For Triple Murder Suspect

Jacob Nodarse's attorney doesn't expect issue to be contested.

A judge Tuesday set a March fitness hearing for Jacob Nodarse, the man accused of being the trigger man in a 2010 triple murder in Darien.

The hearing—meant to determine whether a defendant understands legal proceedings—comes after Nodarse's attorney, Randy Rueckert, asked last month for a second psychological examination for his client. Prosecutors have said an initial exam showed Nodarse fit for trial.

Rueckert suggested the March 11 hearing would be done almost entirely by stipulation of information and that he didn't expect fitness to be contested. Rueckert previously said he didn't expect fitness to be an issue, but has not indicated whether Nodarse's sanity will be a possible defense.

Prosecutors allege Nodarse shot Michael, Jeffrey and Lori Kramer in a scheme to kill Angela Kramer, the mother of co-defendant Johnny Borizov's son. Nodarse and Borizov are both being held without bond in DuPage County Jail and charged with multiple murder counts.

Borizov will also return to court March 11 as his attorneys have subpoenaed records relating to Nodarse. Assistant State's Attorney Joe Ruggiero said the two men would be separated and won't appear before the judge at the same time.


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