Court Supervision: Surprise Witness!
A surprise witness in the Mokena coma punch case turning the trial upside down was just one of the things going on in court this week.
The week finished up with a bang when a surprise witness dropped explosive testimony on the Mokena coma punch case.
With Joseph Messina of New Lenox facing felony aggravated battery charges for allegedly beating Eric Bartels of Joliet into a coma in July 2009, witness Steve Raymond of Frankfort came out of nowhere and testified that he saw another man throw the fateful punch.
Raymond explained that he kept quiet for years because he expected close friend Mike Glielmi to come clean about punching Bartels. That didn't happen, and Raymond, who is also close friends with Messina, told how he empathized with Bartels' family after his own sister suffered severe brain injuries in a July 2011 motorcycle accident.
It was only a year or so after the accident that Raymond told Messina's lawyers that he saw Glielmi throw the punch.
Also of note this week:
- A former Boy Scout sued the scoutmaster who allegedly molested him for two years in the 1980s. The scoutmaster is doing an indefinite prison sentence for being a sexually dangerous person.
- One Joliet man is suing another Joliet man for allegedly letting his bull wander out into traffic and into the path of his car.
- The attorneys for Margarita Hernandez, 32, who has a 76-year-old boyfriend and is charged with setting up a sex date with a 15-year-old Chicago boy, want the Joliet police, the Chicago police and the FBI to kick loose discovery evidence.