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Pre-trial motions give hints about Indian Head Park’s O’Laughlin case

Cellphone records are expected to be a key part of the evidence in the Kelli O’Laughlin murder trial.

On Jan. 22, prosecutors filed a list of additional witnesses they may call during the trial, which is expected to begin later this year.

O’Laughlin, a freshman at Lyons Township High School, was fatally stabbed in her Indian Head Park house Oct. 27, 2011.

John Wilson, Jr. of Chicago was arrested a few days later and charged with murdering O’Laughlin because she surprised him while he was burglarizing her home.

The possible witnesses include a social media expert from the Naperville Police Department, and experts in computer/cellular telephone forensic examination from the Tinley Park and Orland Park police departments and a regional forensic laboratory. They might be called to testify about messages on or from Wilson’s cellphone, the cellphone of Kelli’s mother, Brenda O’Laughlin, and others.

Prosecutors allege Wilson took Kelli’s cellphone with him when he fled and used it to send taunting messages to her mother.

The U.S. Secret Service allegedly used cellphone-tracking technology to determine that Kelli’s phone and Wilson’s phone were traveling together throughout Chicago.

The case is next up in court Feb. 13, when the judge is expected to rule on several motions by the prosecution.

Assistant State’s Attorney Guy Lisuzzo is asking the defense not be allowed to talk about possible sentences or press reports of wrongful convictions, false confessions, police or prosecutorial misconduct and flaws in the criminal justice system.

“Such comments would be improper, inflammatory and completely irrelevant to the case,” Lisuzzo wrote in his motion, filed Jan. 10.

Lisuzzo also said Wilson’s defense attorney, John P. Carroll, is a former Chicago police detective. He asks the judge to prohibit Carroll from commenting on his former occupation and from wearing a Chicago Police Department lapel pin during jury selection and the trial.

Since he was arrested more than two years ago, Wilson has been represented by Carroll, a public defender and himself, at different times.

Carroll’s law license was suspended 90 days, beginning June 12, 2013, for failing to convey a plea offer to two criminal defense clients, advancing funds to a third client, and making false statements to the court and a prosecutor, according to the Illinois State Bar Association.

In September, after the suspension ended, Wilson, who was being represented by a public defender, asked for Carroll to again represent hims.

Prosecutors have asked to prohibit the defense from presenting an alibi or affirmative defense, such as insanity, stating the defendant or his lawyers have not given required notice of such a strategy.

Prosecutors also want to introduce Wilson’s previous conviction for unlawful vehicular invasion and robbery in 2002, if Wilson testifies about the matter. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison for that crime.

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