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Judge allows 2 defendants in Denny's murder case to be tried separately

Attorneys argue their clients may accuse one another

A Will County judge allowed the cases of two men charged with robbing and killing a man at the Denny’s in Joliet to be tried separately in court.

Attorneys for Joshua T. Anderson, 20, and Christopher C. Parker, 23, filed motions to have their cases tried separately because they may accuse each other of being responsible for the death of Gregory Brown, 36, on April 30 at the 2531 Plainfield Road Denny’s in Joliet.

Anderson’s attorney, Gabriel Guzman, said in his motion that it is apparent his client and Parker “will have antagonistic defenses.”

On Thursday, Judge Carmen Goodman granted the motions to have Anderson’s and Parker’s cases tried separately. The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office did not object to the motions.

Anderson, Parker and Bobbie Jean Ollom, 24, were charged together with the armed robbery and murder of Brown.

Police said Anderson and Parker lured Brown inside Ollom’s car. He was shot in the head and his body was left in the parking lot of Denny’s.

Ollom was inside Denny’s before the incident, and she was captured on the restaurant’s surveillance video.

Ollom’s attorney, Neil Patel, has also filed a motion to have her case tried separately because she may blame Anderson and Parker for being responsible for Brown’s death.

“For the three to ‘combat’ each other while the state stands by watching the ‘spectacle’ would deprive all defendants of their right to a fair trial,” Patel said in his motion.

Patel’s motion is scheduled for a hearing on Sept. 27.

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