Judge confirms O’Laughlin Indian Head Park murder trial to begin Sept. 2

No new developments surfaced in court Monday that would delay the start of the trial for the man accused of murdering 14-year-old Kelli O’Laughlin in her Indian Head Park home.

Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge John J. Hynes said jury selection will start Sept. 2 in the Bridgeview courthouse.

“We’re ready,” said John O’Laughlin, Kelli’s father. “The state’s ready. The defense is ready. The family is ready.”

The O’Laughlin’s, supported by friends and family members, have regularly attended the dozens of court dates since John Wilson, Jr. was arrested.

Wilson is accused of fatally stabbing Kelli on Oct. 27, 2011.

No mention was made in open court Aug. 25 of the crime scene expert that Wilson’s defense attorneys had wanted to testify. At the previous court date, Hynes told the defense the information they presented to justify calling the man, a homicide detective with 30 years experience with the Chicago Police Department, was insufficient to justify his testimony.

Hynes approved defense attorney John P. Carroll’s request for Wilson to be transferred to Cook County Jail during the trial. Wilson has been in custody at the Pontiac Correctional Center since he was arrested a few days after the crime.

Dressed in a Kelly green prison jumpsuit with a vertical yellow stripe, Wilson stood quietly next to his attorney during his court appearance. The judge approved Carroll’s request for family members to send clothes to Wilson to wear during the trial.

Hynes said he hopes other judges will be able to help preside over his regular morning court call, so the Wilson trial can start by 9:30 a.m. each morning and continue until 4:30 or 5 p.m. each day.

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