Hearings set for February in Indian Head Park’s O’Laughlin case

A hearing will be held Feb. 13 on three motions filed by John L. Wilson, the man charged with first-degree murder of 14-year-old Kelli O’Laughlin in Indian Head Park more than two years ago.

Assistant State’s Attorney Guy Lisuzzo told Associate Cook County Judge John J. Hynes Friday all the materials and evidence had been turned over to Wilson’s attorneys outside the criminal court building at 26th and California in Chicago on Nov. 15.

Lisuzzo also filed the three motions to be argued Feb. 13. After the motions are argued, both sides will be prepared to go to trial, Lisuzzo said.

Wilson, who previously had been assigned a public defender, represented himself, and been represented by Michelle Gonzalez and John P. Carroll, told Judge Hynes in October he wanted Gonzalez and Carroll to be his attorneys again.

On that day, the prosecutors were willing to turn over the boxes of discovery material to Gonzalez, but she said there was not enough room in her car for the five boxes of paper documents and digital records that eventually were turned over to her and Carroll.

Hynes instructed Gonzalez and the prosecutors to discuss their schedules and find dates that they, their witnesses and the courtroom are available. Carroll was not in court Friday.

Lisuzzo said he cannot predict when the trial would start. That will be determined after the motions are argued and ruled upon. Gonzalez said she did not expect the trial to start until April, because of the challenge of coordinating schedules and dates.

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