A May court date has been reserved for the trial of John Wilson, Jr., charged with murdering 14-year-old Kelli O’Laughlin in Indian Head Park.
In court Thursday, Cook County Associate Judge John J. Hynes approved the request of the assistant state’s attorneys and defense attorneys to reserve May 19 as the trial date.
Prosecutors were expected today to argue motions previously filed; however, the defense filed subsequent motions this week.
Defense attorney Michelle Gonzalez filed a motion for permission to visit the crime scene, that is the O’Laughlins’ home where they still live. Motions to call a DNA expert and a private investigator as witnesses also were filed, Gonzalez said.
Those motions and motions the prosecutors filed in January will be heard in court March 27.
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.
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. Prosecutors also 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.
O’Laughlin, a freshman at Lyons Township High School, was fatally stabbed when she came home after school on Oct. 27, 2011.
Wilson, a Chicago resident, was arrested the following week. Wilson had spent 17 of his previous 20 years in prison and was on parole at the time of his arrest. He is being held without bail in a state prison because of the parole violation.