Two families connected by a triple homicide continue to wrangle over their other connection a child.
Murder suspect Johnny Borizov appeared in DuPage County court Tuesday seeking visitation with his son, Nicholas, whom he hasn't seen since he was charged in the March 2 slaying of the boy's maternal grandparents and their 20-year-old son.
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Lawyers for Borizov say relatives of the 18-month-old's mother, Angela Kramer, will not allow his parents to see the child. They're asking a judge to allow the boy to visit Borizov in the county jail, if the child wishes, or at least see his father's parents.
"This child practically grew up in the Borizov home. Somebody in this family needs to have contact," attorney Nicholas Kirkeles said.
Kramer filed a civil case against Borizov, 28, of Willow Springs, on Jan. 15 to establish paternity, custody and financial arrangements for their son after the two separated.
Two months later, authorities allege, Borizov persuaded 24-year-old Jacob Nodarse of Countryside to fatally shoot Kramer's parents, Lori and Jeffrey, and their son Michael in their Darien home. Kramer escaped death by hiding in an upstairs closet while calling 911.
Kramer's attorney could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday. But prosecutors plan to contest the visitation request at a Dec. 16 hearing.
Prosecutors said court orders currently bar Borizov, who maintains he is innocent, from contacting Kramer or anyone in her family.