Alleged Hickory St. Nightmare Killer Bills Will County $3,864 For Expert Witness

Will County is picking up the tab for alleged Nightmare on Hickory Street murderer Bethany McKee because she is supposedly indigent.

Bethany McKee. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Bethany McKee. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Alleged Nightmare on Hickory Street killer Bethany McKee has been defended by a team of private attorneys, but the county is picking up the $3,864.13 tab for her expert witness because she is supposedly indigent.

Will County Judge Gerald Kinney ruled in April that McKee's expert can get up to $5,000 to observe DNA testing. If McKee's lawyers want more money for the expert to write a report or testify, they will have to come before him again and ask for it, Kinney said.

Assistant State's Attorney Marie Czech argued at the time that McKee appeared to have enough money for her own lawyers, saying, "She is paying for private counsel and asking the state to pay for an expert, as if she is an indigent." But the judge still opened the county's pocketbook.

McKee, 19, along with three of her friends—Adam Landerman, 20, Alisa Massaro, 19, and Joshua Miner, 25—all face first-degree murder charges in connection with the strangulation deaths of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22, in January.

According to police reports obtained exclusively by Patch, Massaro and McKee lured Rankins and Glover to Massaro’s home on Hickory Street in Joliet, where Miner and Landerman choked the two men to death. After the killings, Massaro and Miner had sex atop the dead men’s bodies, the reports said. The four then concocted a plan to dismember the corpses of their victims and began procuring supplies, including a blowtorch, to carry out the plan, the reports said. Miner reportedly intended to keep the dead men’s teeth as trophies.

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