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 charged in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old Lyons Township freshman from Indian Head Park 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. Wilson only met his new attorney, public defender David McMahon last month.
In May, Wilson dismissed his first defense team, Naperville-based John Carroll and Chicago-based Michelle Gonzalez, which was defending him pro bono. 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.
Wilson had originally had asked to defend himself 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 on July 6.