John L. Wilson, the man charged with the murder of 14-year-old Kelli O’Laughlin of Indian Head Park two years ago, has once again switched attorneys.
In the Cook County courthouse in Bridgeview Friday, attorney Michelle Gonzalez said she and attorney John Paul Carroll wanted to represent Wilson.
Carroll and Gonzalez had represented Wilson in 2012 until Wilson dismissed them and decided he wanted to represent himself in his first-degree murder case.
Wilson said in court Aug. 27 he no longer wanted to represent himself. Associate Judge John J. Hynes assigned public defender David McMahon to Wilson’s case. But Hynes warned Wilson he would not be allowed to repeatedly switch back and forth from having a lawyer to representing himself.
Gonzalez said Wilson had written a letter to Carroll, who was not in court Friday, and her asking if they could once again represent him.
Hynes allowed the change, but said Carroll would have to appear in court personally to be named Wilson’s attorney. The judge also told Gonzalez the case was a court priority, and he expected Carroll and she to get up to speed very quickly.
“There is a wealth of discovery that has been tendered since you were on the case,” Hynes told Gonzalez.
The attorneys are scheduled to return to court Nov. 12 to receive the up-to-date files.
Out of the courtroom, Gonzalez said when Wilson asked them to represent him, they told him if the judge allowed the switch they would start preparing for trial.
“There would be no delay,” Gonzalez said.
It has been nearly two years since Kelli O’Laughlin was killed Oct. 27, 2011 in her Indian Head Park home. For Brenda and John O’Laughlin, Kelli’s parents who attend every court date, it has been nothing but delay since Wilson was arrested Nov. 2, 2011.
“It feels like we are right back at the start,” John O’Laughlin said.