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Kelli O'Laughlin Murder Case Could Go To Trial After Feb. 13 Hearing: Report

Three motions to be argued at Feb. 13 hearing should prepare both sides to go to trial in the Kelli O'Laughlin murder case, the Doings reports.

John Wilson is charged with the murder of 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin in her Indian Head Park home in October 2011.
John Wilson is charged with the murder of 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin in her Indian Head Park home in October 2011.
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John Wilson, charged with the 2011 murder of 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin in Indian Head Park, will return to court Feb. 13, the Doings Western Springs reported Friday

According to the paper, prosecutors filed three motions to be argued Feb. 13, which, prosecutors said, would prepare both sides to go to trial. Wilson's attorney Michelle Gonzalez told the paper she does not expect the trial to start until April, the Doings reports.

After two years of back-and-forth in the courtroom on the case, an online petition was circulated in November, asking that Cook County Judge John Hynes put a stop to Wilson's "courtroom antics" and move the case to trial. 

A major factor in the case's delays has been Wilson's indecisiveness on legal representation. He has changed his mind a number of times on who will serve as his defense counsel, and even represented himself for a period.

At an Oct. 18 hearing, Wilson asked that he be represented by Michelle Gonzalez and John Paul Carroll, his original attorneys in the case, and Hynes allowed the change.

Read the Doings story here.

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LOUISE RENTZ January 16, 2014 at 03:12 AM
Wilson is a career criminal adept at "playing" the system. Clearly our court system needs to be fixed. The fact that these antics are allowed is evidence that it is broken. Please STOP showing his photo every time there is an update on this case. I'm sure your readers would much rather see Kelli O'Laughlin's picture and honor her memory.

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