Lawyer: Alleged Driver Was Almost The Third Victim in the Granat Killings

Mohammad Salahat's lawyer says his client was recruited as the "fall guy" in the Granat murders.

The lawyer for the youngest of the four teens accused of killing a Palos Township couple says his client was almost the third victim that night. 

The four teens charged in the Sept. 11 beating deaths of Palos Township couple . All four are set to reappear for arraignment on Nov. 17.

After the hearing, Joel Brodsky, the attorney for Mohammad Salahat, 17, raised his own questions about his client's role in the killings. 

"Not only is he innocent, but if John Granat hadn't been stopped by police the night of the killings, Mohammd Salahat would have been the third victim of the other three young men," Brodsky said.


Granat was stopped by  for a traffic violation at 5:18 a.m. on Sept. 11.  

Salahat, who was 16 years old on the night of the killings, was described by prosecutors as the driver. Christopher Wyma, 17, Ehab Qasem, 19, and John Granat, 17, beat and stabbed the Granats to death in their bedroom while Salahat remained in a car outside the home, prosecutors said. 

However, prosecutors argue that Salahat was fully aware of what was happening inside the home. 


Salahat is the only one of the four accused to not have attended Stagg High School in Palos Hills. Granat and Wyma were seniors, and Qasem a recent graduate. 

Brodsky says that Salahat only met the other boys several weeks before the killings. He cites Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's statement that Salahat remained in the car during the killings as evidence that his role might not be as clear cut as prosecutors allege.   

"It becomes apparent that Mohammad (Salahat) was intended to be the fall guy and he is innocent of the charges against him," Brodsky said. 

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Mohammad July 22, 2012 at 10:01 PM
My name is mohammad awad ( ive known mohammad salahat my whole life and hes just like any normal kid out here. Hes not innocent but he didnt step one foot in granats house nore did he kill anybody. He shouldnt b let off easy but he shouldnt be sentenced to life an understandable consequence is man slaughter, 5 to 8 nothing more ) I love you unconditionilly man. I cant wait to c you when all of this is over but until then stay strong like you always did.
Sandra August 11, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Elizabeth P. You are a moron! People do not wake up and say lets raise our kids to be murders. I bet you even think that the kids who say they were molested are lying and thier rapists are innocent. You are probably the kind of person who still dates her boyfriend after your daughter tells you they have been molested. I think u r the slow one.
Sandra August 11, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Those kids deserve to be beat to death and stabbed to death just like those poor parents. I mean come on. you raise your kids their whole life, provide for them, comfort them, teach them, and love them. so it a real kick in the face because look where that gets u
Sandra August 11, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Amen! Tell the truth!
Spikee December 04, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Free Mohammad salaht ...I no he didn't have anything to do with it


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