Saturday, November 26, 2011
Also, a new judge is presiding over Granat murder trial, and burglary defendants connected to New Lenox homicide get separate cases.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jesse Marx
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Judge Seals Kustok Murder Documents from Public View New Judge Presiding Over Granat Murder Trial OAK FOREST—Charges against David Baitman — a former Village of Oak Forest attorney who has been accused of handcuffing and sexually assaulting a woman — were expanded. Court records show he is now charged with: Pretrial hearings have been continued to Dec. 15. ORLAND PARK—An ongoing case involving the armed robbery of an Orland Park jewelry store, in which four men allegedly tied up an employee and the store owner and took off, was continued until Dec. 9. Antoinne C. Kelly, Charles Harper, Darrin O. Carter and Lance P. Vaughn have been indicted for armed robbery and are scheduled to be arraigned at the upcoming hearing. — Orland Park Patch …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Attorneys for men accused of murdering a Palos Township couple in September requested and received a new judge to handle the case.
Four men accused of killing a Palos Township couple will be tried in a new courtroom after three of their attorneys made a request to change judges last week. On Monday, Cook County Judge Raymond Jagielski, presiding judge of the Fifth Municipal Courthouse in Bridgeview, ruled that the case will now be handled by Judge Neil Linehan. John Granat, 17, Christopher Wyma, 17, Ehab Qasem,19, and Mohammad Salahat, 17, are charged with the beating and stabbing death of Granat’s parents on Sept. 11, 2011. They have pleaded not guilty. Per state law, Jagielski said, the defendants were allowed to request a new judge and offer the names of four judges they did not prefer to hear their case. Last week, Joel Brodsky, an attorney for Salahat, asked that…
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Principal calls news of Oak Lawn Community High School student's arrest in Palos Township couple's murders "unsettling." Counseling offered to students.
One of four teens charged in last month’s murders of a Palos Township couple is a student at Oak Lawn Community High School. Bail was denied for Mohammad Salahat, 17, and two other teens charged in the Sept. 11 murders of John and Maria Granat. The Granats’ son, John, 17, was charged on similar counts Sept. 13. Prosecutors allege that Salahat sat in the car outside the Granats’ home in unincorporated Palos Township near Palos Park, while his friends beat the couple with baseball bats and stabbed Maria Granat up to 20 times. Listen to the 911 call John Granat made to police. Salahat, of Chicago Ridge, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder at the Bridgeview courthouse Tuesday morning, along with Christopher Wyma, 17, of …