- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - A Will County judge will announce a verdict next week for a man accused in a grisly 2013 Joliet double murder.

Closing arguments were given Tuesday morning in the first-degree murder trial 26-year-old Joshua Miner of Joliet. He’s charged with strangling Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both age 22. Prosecutors claim Miner conspired with three friends to rob Rankins and Glover.

Miner has been portrayed as the ringleader in the plot. His defense attorney has said prosecutors won’t be able to prove that Miner led the attack.

The judge will give deliver the verdict Oct. 8.

The first person to stand trial, 20-year-old Bethany McKee, was convicted and faces a mandatory life sentence. Another suspect pleaded guilty in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence and a fourth is awaiting trial.

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