Status Update: Case Against John L. Wilson Continued

The man accused of murdering 14-year-old Lyons Township freshman Kelli O'Laughlin appeared in court Wednesday morning.

The man in connection with the made a brief appearance in court today.

Police say John L. Wilson stabbed Kelli O'Laughlin to death after she came home from school and interrupted him while he was burglarizing the house.

The case is still in the discovery phase, while Wilson's new attorney awaits for documents to be delivered from the state. .

In May, Wilson dismissed . Wilson has been found mentally fit to stand trial for the 31 felony counts against him, including first-degree murder charges that carry a potential sentence of life in prison.

after dismissing his attorneys, but after Judge John Joseph Hynes advised him to take some time to think about his decision, Wilson agreed to accept the services of a public defender.

Wilson appeared briefly in court Wednesday and received the date of his next status hearing. He is due back in court again on July 6.

Erik Bloecks June 29, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Joyce, I understand how you feel. As an LT allum and a former IHP resident I was so enreaged that I wished for "fronteer" justice for the horrible crime that occured. However, we do have a rule of law. Everyone has the right to a defense. I am curious to hear what it is, if any really exists. At least with this going to court, it will go on permanent record and he will be forever known as the animal that he is.
Sabrina Wu June 29, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Thank you for your comments, Erik, Joyce. Dealing with the anger that comes with injustice is difficult. I've seen more than my share on the job, and I appreciate both of you being willing to share your thoughts and feelings on Patch.
Sabrina Wu June 30, 2012 at 03:57 PM
ihatehim: Your comment has been removed for violating our terms of use in containing masked profanity.
Redmond OnArcher August 20, 2012 at 07:45 PM
If one cannot act as their own attorney in a civil proceeding, ie, divorce, traffic infraction etc., why would our court system allow an "accused" murderer to represent himself in court? The judge made the right decision in not allowing Kelli's parents to be cross-examined by the individual who butchered their daughter. This travesty needs to be brought to the attention of our legislators and CHANGED. Unfortunately, EVERYONE is entitled to a trial (even those that are OBVIOUSLY guilty - DNA @ scene, texts from Kelli's cellphone sent by Wilson to her mom, admission of guilt coupled with a previous insanity claim, items from O'Laughlin home in his possession, etc.) He could have exited the way he came in when he heard her key in the door.. Odds are Kelli would never been able to give a detailed description of him were she to have even seen him. Fear and panic, I'm sure, would have set in the moment she did. He did NOT have to kill her. Anyone making the conscious decision to murder should be ready to pay the price. Unfortunatley, the death penalty no longer exists, thanks to Gov. Quinn. Heartless, career criminals such as this can only be subjected to life in prison without parole. Hopefully, that is what will be the outcome of a trial which, in my opinion, is a waste of tax-payer dollars. We KNOW he committed the crime....we don't need to hear excuses as to WHY. There is NO legitimate reason to stab a young girl 17 times when all he had to do was leave.
r. phillips August 21, 2012 at 04:56 AM
i agree.


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