Saturday, March 9, 2013
A Plainfield murder trial ended with a guilty verdict on the week's last day—and much, much more, in this edition of Court Supervision.
A week-long murder trial wrapped up with a guilty verdict Friday afternoon. The jury took two days to convict Ricardo Gutierrez, 23, of first-degree murder. Gutierrez gunned down Javier Barrios in October 2007 in Plainfield. Barrios was 18 when he was killed. Jury selection started Monday in the Will County Courthouse. Gutierrez's attorneys, Jeff Tomczak and Paul Napolski, said the killing was carried out in self-defense. That was just one of the things going on in court last week. There was also: Find all these stories and more on our Facebook page
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A new lawyer has joined the case of a former Oak Lawn Community High School student charged with helping to kill the mother and father of a friend.
The case against a Chicago Ridge teen charged with murder for allegedly driving the getaway car after the cowardly killing of a pal's sleeping parents was pushed back after a new lawyer jumped on board Tuesday. Chicago attorney Mohammad Ramadan entered his appearance but still has to get "up to speed" with the case against 18-year-old Mohammad Salahat, said Joel Brodsky, a lawyer already representing the teen. Salahat and three other young men—John Granat, 18, of Palos Township, Christopher Wyma, 18, of Bridgeview, and Ehab Qasem, 21, of Hickory Hills—all face murder charges for allegedly beating and stabbing Granat's parents to death in their bedroom. The four were arrested and have been held without bond at the Cook County Jail since …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Also, an Orland Park man pleads guilty to a 2011 carjacking of an elderly woman in Tinley Park. Get the latest Southland courts news.
The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week. EVERGREEN PARK -- Woman Accused of Leaving Disabled Men in Hot Car Kathy Reed, 47, appeared in court Friday, Sept. 21 on abuse or criminal neglect charges stemming from an incident where she allegedly left four disabled men in a van on a hot summer day. She pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this month. Another court date has been for Oct. 23. OAK LAWN -- Trio Accused in Buell Court Home Invasion Back in Court Next Month Three men charged with attempted murder, aggravated kidnapping and home invasion in a Buell Court home invasion in August are set to be back in court on Oct. 25. Authorities say Timmie Walton, 28, of Midlothian, and…
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The murders of John and Maria Granat were planned via Skype, prosecutors said. The Granats' son, John Granat, 17, was charged with their murders last month.
Over Skype, four teens conspired to beat a Palos Township couple to death and steal money, prosecutors alleged today. John, 44, and Maria Granat, 42, were found beaten to death in their bedroom on Sept. 11 and prosecutors say their teen son and three of his friends killed the couple. Christopher Wyma, 17, of Bridgeview, Mohammad Salahat, 17, of Chicago Ridge, and Ehab Qasem, 19, of Hickory Hills were all charged with two counts of first degree murder. On Sept. 11, the couple was found dead in the blood-spattered bedroom of their home on the 12700 block of 81st Court in an unincorporated area of Palos Township near Palos Park. Their son John Granat, 17, was charged with their murders on Sept. 13. At the time, prosecutors said the younger …
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church was standing-room only as friends and family remembered the Palos Township couple who were killed in their home Sept. 11.
Sacred Heart Church was standing-room only Saturday as nearly a thousand friends and family members mourned the loss of John and Maria Granat. The Palos Township couple were killed Sept. 11 in their home, and their son John has been charged with their murder. But on Saturday, the tearful crowd came together to try and fill the emptiness they felt. Many people cried throughout the Mass, which was celebrated almost entirely in Polish. The Rev. Grzegorz Wojcik was the celebrant, and Sacred Heart Pastor Patrick Tucker also spoke briefly following the homily. "I couldn't help thinking as their bodies are there together, they entered eternity together," Tucker said. "Perhaps it speaks to us that would have been what they liked: to remain …