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Victims' family, Nodarse take stand in Borizov trial

WHEATON – Angela and Anthony Kramer relived the night their family was attacked in their Darien home during testimony this week in the trial of Johnny Borizov, who is accused of orchestrating the city's infamous triple murder in March 2010.

The siblings' mother and father, Lori and Jeff, along with brother Michael, were murdered nearly three years ago. Angela survived while hiding in her closet and dialing 911, while Anthony was in this room in the basement.

Borizov has been charged with murder, solicitation of murder and conspiracy after allegedly convincing his mentally ill friend, Jacob Nodarse, to kill the Kramer family. Nodarse has pleaded guilty in the crimes.

Darien Police Officer Steve Liss also testified this week. Liss was among the first to arrive on the scene in the early morning of March 2, 2010. The jury was shown crime scene photos of the shooting deaths during his testimony, as well as video when a county detective took the stand.

Nodarse, 26, of Countryside, faced the jurors on Thursday.

Prosecutors allege Borizov, 32, of Willow Springs, used a mob mentality to manipulate Nodarse into carrying out the murders while taking advantage of his mental state. Defense attorneys say Nodarse is the subject of blame and suffered from depression, alcohol and drug abuse.

Borizov was dating Angela Kramer, and the two were locked in a child custody battle over their toddler son before the murders. It is alleged Borizov wanted the Kramers dead so they wouldn't testify in that civil case.

The trial continues with testimony expected from 90 total witnesses over four weeks. Opening statements were on Tuesday.

The trial also is the first in the Chicago area to allow cameras in court during testimony and through to a verdict.

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