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Crime & Courts

Jury selection begins in Kelli O'Laughlin murder trial

John L. Wilson Jr., of Chicago, is charged with first degree murder and is accused of stabbing 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin to death in her Indian Head Park home in October 2011. (Photo provided)
John L. Wilson Jr., of Chicago, is charged with first degree murder and is accused of stabbing 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin to death in her Indian Head Park home in October 2011. (Photo provided)

Jury selection has begun for the trial of John Wilson, who is accused of murdering 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin during a botched robbery at her Indian Head Park home in 2011.

Judge John Joseph Hynes of the Fifth District Court on Tuesday walked potential jurors through the process, then asked which of them had any previous knowledge of the case. Those who responded they had were separated from the rest of the jurors and individually interviewed in private.

Up to 80 witnesses may be called in to testify during the trial, which is expected to last about two weeks.

Hynes called for a one-hour recess at about 12:05 p.m.

Wilson is being defended by attorneys John Paul Carroll and Michelle Gonzalez. Prosecutors include Assistant State's Attorneys Guy Lisutto, Andreana Turano and Mike Vojta.

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