WHEATON – Johnny Borizov will not receive a new trial after Judge Daniel Guerin denied
the defense's motion Monday afternoon at the DuPage County Courthouse.
The sentencing hearing for Borizov was expected to begin shortly thereafter.
After a four-week trial that started in April, a jury found Borizov guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and one count of solicitation of murder for orchestrating the murders of Lori, Jeff and Michael Kramer at their Darien home in March 2010.
Borizov, 31 of Willow Springs, was found guilty of convincing his mentally ill friend, Jacob Nodarse, to shoot them at their home.
Throughout the trial, prosecutors painted Borizov as someone with severe anger issues toward the Kramer family and toward Angela Kramer, the mother of Borizov's son. Prosecutors also referred to him as allegedly using fear tactics to force Nodarse to carry out the murders.
"It was [Borizov's] intent, his plan and eventually his motivation that carried out the slaughter of the Kramer family," said Bernie Murray, assistant state's attorney, during his closing argument in May.
Defense attorney Susana Ortiz pinned the murders squarely on Nodarse – saying the trial wasn't about Borizov, but what Nodarse admitted to doing.
"When it comes to Jacob Nodarse, I guess the question before us is, how does his sick mind do what it does?" Ortiz asked jurors during her closing argument.
Nodarse, 26, formerly of Countryside, faces 45 years to life in prison. Nodarse's sentencing date is scheduled for Aug. 13.