JOLIET – Testimony about a man previously holding a gun to his girlfriend can be used by prosecutors when he is tried for her murder.
Judge Carla Alessio-Policandriotes decided Thursday that several witnesses can testify about their knowledge of an April 2002 argument between Eric Glover Sr. and Velma Franklin in the bedroom of their Third Avenue home.
Police didn't learn about the April incident until Franklin was slain in the same room on June 17, 2002. Glover Sr. was arrested for the murder, but the Will County State's Attorney's office did not have enough evidence to prosecute him at the time. The office reviewed the cold case and renewed the murder charges against Glover Sr. in 2012.
Alessio-Policandriotes ruled that a retired Joliet police detective, Franklin's oldest daughter and her best friend, Shelease Adams, can testify. The judge decided Velma's mother, JoAnn Franklin's "recollections are not sufficiently reliable" to do the same.
Adams and JoAnn Franklin said earlier this week that Velma Franklin had told them she'd fought with Glover Sr. when he pointed a handgun at her forehead, raising it and firing into the wall behind her. JoAnn Franklin said Glover Sr. told her the gun had gone off accidentally.
Glover Sr. also claimed the discharge was accidental when he admitted having the gun, pleading guilty to unlawful use of weapon two years later. Glover Sr. had already been convicted of drugs and weapons offenses.
"The bullet in the wall (from April 2002) matches the bullet in her head (from June 2002). I don't know how much similar we can get," Assistant State's Attorney Jessica Colon-Sayre said Thursday.
Glover Sr. is the biological father of Eric Glover Jr., who was strangled to death in January 2013 in a house on Hickory Street at the age of 22. Relatives have said Eric Glover Sr. was not involved in his son's life.
In 2009, Glover was carrying a .38 when he was pulled over for drunken driving by a Joliet police officer. Colon-Sayre said Glover threatened to kill the officer and that confrontation should also be admitted as evidence. Alessio-Policandriotes will decide that at another hearing.
Glover is serving a seven-year sentence at Stateville Correctional Center after being convicted of being an armed habitual criminal following that 2009 arrest.