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John L. Wilson switches to public defender to represent him in O'Laughlin murder trial

John L. Wilson, Jr., accused of murdering 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin in her Indian Head Park home in October 2011, agreed today to let a public defender represent him.

During his trial, Wilson has been represented by a private attorney, a public defender and, most recently, himself, despite being encouraged by Judge John Joseph Hynes to accept the appointment of a public defender.

At a hearing Tuesday, Wilson agreed to let Cook County Public Defender David McMahon represent him, said Jack Verges, attorney supervisor for the Cook County Public Defender's office in Bridgeview.

Hynes had asked McMahon to attend previous hearings for Wilson, and at one time, McMahon served as stand-by council for Wilson. 

On Tuesday, Hynes was temporarily replaced by Circuit Judge Raymond Jagielski. Wilson filed a motion for a substitution of judge at his last hearing in June. 

Verges said there is no limit to the number of times a defendant can switch between defending himself and being defended by a public defender.  

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