Survivors Testify in Darien Murder Case

Survivors Amanda Kramer, Anthony Kramer recount March 2010 shootings in family home

The testimony of a second survivor in the Darien murder case was heard during the trial of Johnny Borizov Wednesday.

The Willow Springs man is accused of persuading a friend to kill Jeffrey Kramer, his wife, Lori, and their son, Michael, 20, at the family home in Darien in 2010.

In opening statements Tuesday, prosecutors said Johnny Borizov was going through a child custody battle with Angela Kramer when he allegedly persuaded Jacob Nodarse to break into their house and shoot the family.

Angela Kramer testified Tuesday that she was woken up by the sound of glass shattering, gunshots and the sounds of her father screaming. She then grabbed her cellphone, pet dog and hid in her bedroom closet to call for help.

A two-minute clip of Kramer’s call to a 911 dispatcher was played in court.

"I'm in my house. There's shooting," she told the dispatcher as gunshots rang out in the background.

Kramer also recounted the various arguments that occurred between her and Borizov in the months before the murders, including a particular encounter when Borizov forbade her from taking the baby to see her family on Christmas.

"He told me he hated my family and the only way he'll see my family is in body bags," Kramer testified.

Kramer’s testimony wrapped up Wednesday morning after an account made by her brother, Anthony, who also survived the murders by hiding in the house.

Darien Police Sergeant Steve Liss depicted the scene inside the Kramer house following the murders in the early morning hours of March 2, 2010.

"I could see Jeffrey Kramer laying on the ground in a pool of blood. As I looked up, on the stairway, I saw Lori Kramer midway up the stairs," Liss said.

Lights were dimmed in the court room so the jury could view crime scene photos.

The testimonies of Kramer and her brother were not allowed to be recorded on video due to a legal ruling, but the courtroom camera will be recording Jacob Nordarse's testimony.

Nodarse pleaded guilty in 2011 to the death of Jeffrey Kramer as part of a plea deal and charges for the other two murders were dropped. Nodarse agreed to testify against Borizov as part of the deal.

The trial is expected to last about four weeks.

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