INDIAN HEAD PARK – John L. Wilson, Jr., the man accused of murdering Kelli O’Laughlin in her Indian Head Park home nearly two years ago, has once again decided to let a public defender represent him.
Wilson, of Chicago, had been representing himself in the case, but Tuesday in the Cook County Circuit Courthouse in Bridgeview, he agreed to let Cook County Public Defender David McMahon represent him.
Kelli O’Laughlin’s parents and friends were in court.
John O’Laughlin said he has no preference whether Wilson uses an attorney or not, he just wants to see the trial proceed.
“It’s delay, delay, delay,” John O’Laughlin said.
His wife, Brenda O’Laughlin, believes the case will move forward more smoothly with a public defender representing Wilson.
“There won’t be frivolous motions being filed,” Brenda O’Laughlin said. (Wilson) doesn’t know how to argue his motions.”
McMahon has been at previous court dates, and last year reportedly was assigned to represent Wilson, when Wilson fired his own two attorneys.
Wilson also has filed several motions for a different judge than Associate Judge John J. Hynes who has been presiding over the case.
Circuit Judge Raymond Jagielski temporarily replaced Hynes on the bench for Wilson’s appearance and accepted Wilson’s decision to use a public defender. He then asked Wilson if he would temporarily withdraw his motion to change judges, so that Hynes could assign Wilson a public defender. Wilson, wearing a bright green prison jumpsuit with yellow stripes on the sides, said he would withdraw that motion temporarily.
With Hynes back on the bench, and McMahon representing Wilson, McMahon withdrew all pending motions Wilson had filed without an attorney.
Hynes warned Wilson he will not be allowed to switch back and forth between using a public defender and representing himself from one court date to the next.
The next court date will be Oct. 18.