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Johnny Borizov murder trial nearing an end

WHEATON – Jury deliberations could start next week in the murder trial of Johnny Borizov as it begins to enter the home stretch.

Prosecutors rested their case Wednesday, while defense attorneys are expected to call witnesses through at least Tuesday.

Borizov, 31, of Willow Springs, is alleged to have orchestrated the murders of Jeff, Lori and Michael Kramer by convincing his mentally ill friend, Jacob Nodarse, to carry out the shootings. Nodarse admitted to killing the family members in their Darien home in March 2010.

This week in court, Boris Borizov, Johnny's brother, testified he was with Johnny during the evening of March 1, 2010, at a casino, which Johnny used as his alibi. Prosecutors claim Borizov purposely chose a casino as his alibi because of the surveillance cameras.

While prosecutors portray Borizov as a master manipulator who allegedly used mob-like tactics to convince Nodarse to murder the family, defense attorneys pin the murders on the friend.

During questioning from defense attorney Richard Kling, Nodarse testified he was mentally and physically abused as a child and has a history of drug and alcohol abuse, which could have contributed to his mental state surrounding the murders.

On Tuesday, John Murray, clinical psychologist in DuPage County, testified Nodarse was intimidated by Borizov. Murray also said Nodarse could have suffered from hallucinations before breaking into the Kramer home.

Nodarse, 26, formerly of Countryside, faces 45 years to life in prison and will be sentenced at the conclusion of the Borizov trial. Borizov is charged with murder, solicitation and conspiracy to commit murder.

Depending on the length of the state's rebuttal, closing statements and jury deliberation could take place late next week. The trial began last month.

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