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Alleged Teen Getaway Driver in Brutal Palos Murder Gets New Lawyer

A new lawyer has joined the case of a former Oak Lawn Community High School student charged with helping to kill the mother and father of a friend.

The case against a Chicago Ridge teen charged with murder for allegedly driving the getaway car after the cowardly killing of a pal's sleeping parents was pushed back after a new lawyer jumped on board Tuesday.

Chicago attorney Mohammad Ramadan entered his appearance but still has to get "up to speed" with the case against 18-year-old Mohammad Salahat, said Joel Brodsky, a lawyer already representing the teen.

Salahat and three other young men—John Granat, 18, of Palos Township, Christopher Wyma, 18, of Bridgeview, and Ehab Qasem, 21, of Hickory Hills—all face murder charges for allegedly beating and stabbing Granat's parents to death in their bedroom. The four were arrested and have been held without bond at the Cook County Jail since shortly after the killings.

The 125-pound Salahat is being kept in protective custody.

Brodsky has claimed that his client had no idea his buddies were going to kill Granat's parents, John and Marie Granat. In fact, Brodsky has speculated, the other three were planning to do Salahat in next.

Prosecutors have countered that Salahat knew full well what his friends were up to inside Granat's home. Salahat also allegedly received $4,000 after the murder, and proceeded to splurge at fine restaurants and on video game shopping sprees.

Salahat's case has been split off from those of his co-defendants. Granat, Wyma and Qasem are set to appear at the Bridgeview courthouse on Friday.

Besides having his murder case tried separately, Salahat differs from the other four in that he is the only one who did not attend Stagg High School in Palos Hills. Salahat was a student at Oak Lawn Community High School at the time of the killings.

Cook County Judge Judge Neil Linehan gave Ramadan until Feb. 25 to get caught up with the case. Ramadan, who said little during the brief hearing, was tight-lipped afterward as well. He did say, "Lawyers are stupid," as he walked away from the courtroom.

During the week prior to Salahat's Feb. 25 appearance, Brodsky will likely have to testify in Will County court about his performance defending wife-killer Drew Peterson against murder charges last summer.

Peterson, a former Bolingbrook cop, was convicted in September of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Brodsky's co-counsel have since blamed him for blowing the case and he has been replaced on Peterson's defense team with another lawyer.

Will County Judge Edward Burmila set a two-day hearing starting Feb. 19 to see if Peterson should get a new trial. The bid for a new trial is based in large part on Brodsky's allegedly inept handling of the case.

Brodsky failed to respond to questions about the case and his feelings on his former co-counsels' plan to call him to the witness stand.

Bob January 24, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Palos Patch i must say what is going on with this stories. We keep hearing about the driver who did not go inside the house. What about the other three teens who actually killed the parents. Every article posted about this case is irrelevant. All ya'll do is talk about Joel Brodsky and Drew Peterson. Why don't you guys right a seperate story about them if you guys are so obsessed with them two. I want to know what is going on with the other three teens. Palospatch keep it up and pretty soon nobody will be reading and news on here anymore!!
Nick Swedberg January 24, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Hi Bob—Thanks for commenting. Most (in fact, the vast majority) of the movement on this case as happened with Mohammad Salahat over the last few months. His attorney has been filing motions and requesting additional hearings. There hasn't been nearly as much activity with the other accused. We might see some new developments this week on the other three but we'll have to see if it's significant enough. Will keep you posted.
Bob January 25, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Thanks Nick for the response, I look forward for the new developments in this case.
anonymous January 27, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Its funny how a person who is in his background gets all the attention from the media, did we forget he was involved with taking 2 lives that night? My favorite is that he got 4000.00 and went on a shopping spree with blood money. It is people like that, that I wish the death penalty was still in effect in Illinois. You see all these people killing and getting life in prison. The people who protest the Death Penalty do not know unless it happens to them. This guy and the other's ones should Fry for what they done. its funny how the media only focus on the people charged with the murder, but never the victims and what horrible ways they died. PICK ME FOR A JUROR, it would quick , easy and to the point. "FRY THEM their GUILTY.
tommy d. February 28, 2013 at 05:24 AM
a new lawyer,,,,typical guilty plee---you want to play with the big boys,you pay the big boy choice,,,''in this country-its called the law''-sorry,they picked,a'supposable,'in their dreams,a high profile lawyer,ha,ha,,,,,,,dudes a ambulance chaser----you drove the car,you spent the money,while,you knew,2-innocent people were murdered,,gee,I am not a lawyer,,,but,daddy,cannot get you out of this one,,,,,,,,,,son....''''welcome to america''''''

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