By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Final arguments have been given in the Will County bench trial of one of four people accused in a 2013 murder of two Joliet men.

Bethany McKee was charged in the January 2013 slayings of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, both 22. Two others are awaiting trial and the fourth, Alissa Massaro, has pleaded guilty to robbery and concealment of a homicidal death in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence.

Defense attorney Charles Bretz argued his client may be guilty of other things, but there’s no evidence linking McKee to the murders.

Assistant State’s Attorney John Conner said McKee shared responsibility for the deaths, contending she had time to save the men before they were strangled.

Will County Circuit Judge Gerald Kinney said Tuesday he’ll issue a verdict Aug. 29.

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