Trial Starts For Man Accused of Murdering Parents

John Granat Jr. and Christopher Wyma, 22, of the southwest Chicago suburbs go on trial this week for the murder of John and Maria Granat. The couple, who were the parents of John Granat Jr, died after being stabbed and beaten with baseball bats in 2011. John Jr. was 17 years old at the time.

John and Maria Granat

Prosecutors allege that John Jr.’s parents grounded him after they discovered he was growing marijuana, and that the teen reportedly “groomed his friends for months by showering them with gifts and cash in order to recruit them to kill his parents and stage it as a robbery” according to Nick Swedberg of the Chicago Tribune.

Ehab Qasem, 24, is also being charged with murder, and Mohammed Salahat, 22, was sentenced to prison for 35 years in 2016 after pleading guilty to driving the getaway car. Reportedly, more than $35,000 in cash and goods was stolen from the couple, and later recovered from the teens involved.

John Jr. claimed that drug dealers killed his parents, and that his father was a drug dealer, but Det. Sgt. Steve Moody, one of the investigators, testified Thursday that there was no evidence to suggest the father had ever been involved in drug dealing.

CNN Report From October 2011

Trial starts for Palos Township man, friend accused of slaying his parents 5 years ago
Court video shows son’s evolving stories following Palos couple’s killings

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