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McKee's defense begins its presentation in Hickory Street trial

Bethany L. McKee
Bethany L. McKee

JOLIET – As Bethany McKee's lawyers began her murder defense, they started by playing the videotaped interview of another suspect.

Alisa Massaro, who testified against McKee last week, was interviewed for several hours by Joliet Police Detectives Carlos Matlock and Tom Ponce.

Massaro began by stating she "didn't know" what happened in her house on Jan. 9 and 10, 2013, and asked for a lawyer.

After being left alone for a few minutes, Massaro changed her mind and asked to speak to the detectives again, according to the video.

The defense began its presentation after prosecutors rested their case Monday in the murder trial of Bethany McKee.

Before the prosecution was finished, forensic pathologist Dr. Valerie Arangelovich took the stand Monday morning. During her testimony, Arangelovich noted Rankins had a one-inch cut on his head and blunt force trauma on his scalp while Glover had trauma to his head and chest.

Autopsies were unable to determine if those injuries were inflicted before or after the two men were strangled, Arangelovich said.

As the prosecution rested its case, lawyers on both sides have agreed on several "stipulations" that will be accepted as fact without argument by either side.

Forensic lab analysts examined Bethany McKee's shoes, sweatshirt, shirt and pants and found no bloodstains on any item, according to the state police reports.

Bloodstains were found on Alisa Massaro's shoes and pants that DNA identification linked to Terrence Rankins.

The lab also found a bloodstain on Massaro's pants that is not from McKee or Josh Miner, but could be from Rankins, Glover or Adam Landerman.

McKee is charged with murder for allegedly luring Glover and Rankins on Jan. 9, 2013, to the residence of Alisa Massaro in the 1100 block of North Hickory Street.

Authorities have alleged that Glover and Rankins, both 23, were killed by Joshua Miner and Adam Landerman as part of a robbery.

All four suspects were charged with murder, but Massaro pleaded guilty to lesser charges in exchange for testifying against the others. Landerman and Miner are awaiting separate trials.

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