Palos Park TEEN Accomplice GUILTY in Brutal Beating Deaths of his Best Friends Parents

BRIDGEVIEW, IL — The son of a Palos Hills police officer was found guilty of murdering and robbing his former best friend’s parents in 2011.

The jury took only 40 minutes to reach its verdict.

Christopher Wyma was a senior at Stagg High School and one of three teens groomed into a murderer by John Granat. Wyma and the other youths were arrested and charged with the murders of John and Maria Granat a month after the couple’s son was arrested on Sept. 11, 2011.

Prosecutors said Wyma and another co-defendant, Ehab Qasem, beat the couple with aluminum baseball bats as they slept. In his interrogation video, Wyma imitated the gurgling sounds Maria Granat made as she took her last breaths. Qasem and Granat allegedly finished Maria off by stabbing her 20 times.

From the beginning of the investigation, Cook County Sheriff’s detectives scrutinized the teens when Granat mentioned their names during questioning. Three also appeared before a grand jury in the immediate days following the murders.

Jurors listened to five days of testimony before Judge Neil Linehan that included interrogation videos, crime scene photos, testimony by police officers, the Cook County Medical Examiner and cellular tower experts.

Qasem also testified against Granat and Wyma. The now-22-year-old men were being tried together but with separate juries in the Bridgeview Courthouse.

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