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"Sadistic" details emerge in Joliet double murder

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Adam M. Landerman (clockwise, from top left), Alisa R. Massaro, Joshua F. Miner and Bethany L. McKee Adam M. Landerman (clockwise, from top left), Alisa R. Massaro, Joshua F. Miner and Bethany L. McKee
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The star witness in a Joliet murder trial said she's found God, and that's why she's decided to cut a plea deal and tell on her former friends charged with murder.

In a soft and shaky voice with her eyes cast downwards, Alisa Massaro said she and three friends hatched the robbery plan because they needed money for beer and cigarettes.

Massaro testified in the trial of her longtime friend, 20-year-old Bethany McKee, who is charged with first degree murder along with 26-year-old Joshua Miner and 21-year-old Adam Landerman.

It happened in Massaro's house in Joliet in January of 2013. Massaro testified the four lured Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins to the house because they were known to be flashy dressers who carried a lot of cash.

In court, Massaro showed the signal they had agreed to use to start the robbery -- sliding her hand across her throat.

"Well this is the hardest thing I’ve ever been through," said Duval Rankins.

Rankins, the father of one of the victims, said he needed to be in court to hear the details of his son's murder.

"Beating them with a bottle, they're already dead. What sense does that make? That's some really sadistic stuff to hear," Rankins added.

During cross examination, McKee’s defense attorney hammered at Massaro's credibility and suggested she cut a plea deal to save her skin while tossing her friend under the bus.

Massaro admitted she lied to police initially, but said she found God while behind bars and had decided the truth will set her free.

The defendant's father, though, isn't buying it.

"It’s surprising to me that she brought god into it and said all of a sudden she got god. She's writing to her family telling them that she'd do anything to get out of county jail," Bill McKee said.

Under Massaro's plea deal, she gets ten years in prison for reduced charges, but will only have to serve half that time if she testifies against all three defendants. The trials of the two men are scheduled later this year.

Mckee's trial will continue Monday with testimony from the Will County coroner.

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