Police Investigate Link Between Nodarse and Daughter's Ex

Boyfriend was at a casino at the time of the murders

By Andrew Greiner
|  Thursday, Mar 4, 2010  |  Updated 10:10 AM CDT
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A 23-year-old man sought in the murders of a Darien family has been taken into custody in the Florida community of Lehigh Acres.

A 23-year-old man sought in the murders of a Darien family has been taken into custody in the Florida community of Lehigh Acres.

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Police arrested their “prime suspect” in the killing of  Jeffrey, Lori and Michael Kramer Tuesday morning, but haven't charged him with murder.

Jacob Nodarse, 23, is sitting in a cell in Lehigh Acres, Florida where he was arrested after detectives tracked his cell phone signal from Illinois. He was found sleeping in a gray van outside his family’s house, barefoot and in full view of cameras.

Detectives are flying to Florida to question Nodarse about what appears to be a premeditated murder, according to the Daily Herald.

Nodarse isn’t alone in his incarceration. The 28-year old boyfriend of Angela Kramer, the surviving, 25-year old daughter of the slain family, is also being held in an Illinois jail.

Like Nodarse, he hasn’t been charged with a crime, but police are investigating a link between the two men.

The ex-boyfriend, who has been involved in a bitter custody dispute with Angela over their 13-month-old son, went to the police station voluntarily Tuesday morning with his lawyer.

Without being prompted the man blurted out his alibi. He said he had been gambling at a riverboat casino at 3 a.m. when the fatal shootings occurred. Darien police checked videotapes from the casino and the footage appears to verify his statement.

Meanwhile, a forensic pathologist conducted autopsies on all three victims from the home. He said none of the family members were shot at point-blank range and none had defensive wounds.

The killer appeared to have entered the home through a shattered front window, killed the family and escaped through the back of the house. A police dog followed a scent through the backyard but lost it near a street in the back.
 

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