Man Accused in Darien Triple Murder Fit for Trial

Jacob Nodarse still could use insanity defense

Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010  |  Updated 5:00 PM 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.
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The man accused of gunning down three Darien residents after breaking into their home last March is mentally fit to stand trial for their killings, DuPage County prosecutors said Wednesday.

That’s the conclusion of psychological tests evaluating alleged triggerman Jacob Nodarse, 24, of Countryside, prosecutor Joseph Ruggiero disclosed during Nodarse’s brief court appearance.

Prosecutors and defense attorney Randy Rueckert earlier this year had sought the evaluation to determine if Nodarse is capable of standing trial on the triple murder charges he faces for allegedly killing a Darien husband and wife, along with their son.

The finding that the Countryside man is mentally fit, though, doesn’t preclude him from raising an insanity defense to the murder charges that could send him to prison for life if he’s found guilty.

Rueckert hasn’t said whether he will argue that Nodarse was insane at the time of the killings.

Nodarse and a friend, 27-year-old Johnny Borizov, allegedly plotted the attack as Borizov battled his former girlfriend over custody of their then 13-month-old son.

Borizov’s ex-girlfriend, Angela Kramer, survived the shootings at her family’s upscale Darien home, but her parents, Jeffrey and Lori Kramer, and 20-year-old brother, Michael, were killed.

Borizov, who also faces murder charges in the attack, and Nodarse, remain jailed without bail.

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