Psych Exam Ordered for Darien Murder Suspect

Jacob Nodarse to be evaluated for sanity, fitness for trial

By BJ Lutz
|  Thursday, Apr 22, 2010  |  Updated 6:15 PM CDT
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The Countryside man accused of killing three members of a Darien family early last month has been ordered to submit to a mental evaluation to determine his sanity and if he's fit to stand trial.

Judge John Kinsella ordered the evaluation after prosecutors and defense attorney Randy Rueckert jointly requested the screening during a pre-trial appearance by 24-year-old Jacob Nodarse.

"We have an issue with fitness," said Ruggiero, according to the Daily Herald. "We believe there's a bona fide doubt."

Nodarse has pleaded not guilty to 22 counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy, home invasion and obstruction of justice on connection with the March 2 slayings.

Police say Nodarse was the trigger-man in the March 2 incident that left 50-year-old Jeffrey Kramer, his 48-year-old wife, Lori, and their 20-year-old son, Michael, dead.  Two other family members in the home at the time escaped unharmed.

A second man, 28-year-old John Borizov, is accused of planning the attack and hiring Nodarse to carry it out.
 

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