Friday, November 04, 2011

The Kelli O'Laughlin Slaying: The Crazy Card, Again

My legman, David in TN, sent this story, writing, “The Crazy Card is already being dealt for John L. Wilson in the murder of Kelli O'Laughlin.”

Thanks, too, to readers rjp and A.L.
Expanded at 12:17 a.m., on Saturday, November 5, 2011.


Man Charged in Indian Head Park Teen’s Stabbing Death:  

Bail denied in girl's slaying: 'There are no words to describe how horrific it is'

Slain girl's family had received taunting texts from her stolen phone •

Related •

Details of the prosecution's case against John Wilson Jr. •

Note from brother of man accused in Kelli O'Laughlin slaying

By Matthew Walberg and Christy Gutowski

5:42 p.m. CDT, November 4, 2011

DNA and at least three witnesses link a parolee with a lengthy criminal record to the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old girl who walked in on a burglary at her home in Indian Head Park last week, prosecutors said today.

John L. Wilson Jr., 38, is accused of repeatedly stabbing Kelli O'Laughlin as she arrived home from high school, then using her cell phone to send taunting text messages to her mother. He was finally arrested as authorities tracked the phone.

His family says Wilson, who has spent much of the last two decades behind bars, suffers from psychiatric problems.

“My little brother, he has a problem,” Wilson's older brother Shun Dantzler said at his home in the South Chicago neighborhood. “He had problems, psychiatric problems. He needs an assessment.”

Dantzler expressed sorrow for Kelli’s family. “I want justice because that’s really horrific,” he said of the slaying. “I’m so sorry for Kelli’s family. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. My God please have mercy on Kelli and on my little brother’s soul.”

Wilson was denied bail today as prosecutors disclosed new details of the slaying.

Last week Thursday, Wilson entered Kelli's neighborhood and broke a dining room window with a rock wrapped in a red knit cap, authorities said. When Kelli arrived home around 3:40 p.m., "she was confronted by John Wilson," Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said at a news conference.

Wilson grabbed an 8-inch carving knife from a butcher's block and stabbed Kelli in the neck, back and chest, Alvarez said. He then dragged her body from the family room into the kitchen, she said.

He ransacked the home and fled with a bowl of coins, an iPod Touch and Kelli's phone, Alvarez said. The knife was found in large pool of blood in the family room. In the hours after the slaying, Wilson used the phone to send "taunting and disturbing" messages to Kelli's mother, Alvarez said. "There are no words to describe how horrific it is," she said.

Wilson was spotted in the neighborhood by at least three people who helped police draw up a sketch. Later that day, a Willow Springs police officer encountered Wilson at a 7-Eleven at Willow Springs Road and Archer Avenue, about 5 miles from the O’Laughlin home. Police had gone there in response to a disturbance involving Wilson, who apparently had car trouble.

Wilson called for a cab "and the investigation determined the defendant was dropped off at the Orange Line by Midway Airport,” said Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Peter Troy. Wilson paid for the cab with the stolen coins.

The Willow Springs officer had several days off and didn't return to work until Wednesday. It was then that he recognized the man matched the sketch.

“The information from the stop in Willow Springs was very, very helpful because it narrowed down some issues and gave us a specific individual who was near the scene of the crime hours later,” said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

“That narrowed things down a great deal. That was a very significant break.” In the meantime, police were tracking Kelli's phone and eventually Wilson's phone, noticing they were being used in the same places, Alvarez said.

"The United States Secret Service was able to track the defendant’s cellphone and Kelli’s cellphone," Troy said. "The agents learned these two phones traveled in tandem with one another throughout the city of Chicago. The investigation further revealed that the defendant used Kelly’s cellphone to send text messages of a taunting and disturbing nature to Kelli’s mother within hours of her daughter’s murder.”

Wilson was located Wednesday on the South Side. When found, he had his phone but not Kelli’s.

DNA recovered from the knit cap matched Wilson, Alvarez said. And the three witnesses have identified Wilson in a line-up, she said. Wilson is a habitual criminal who has been in prison for 17 of the last 20 years, Troy said. A review of prison and court records show Wilson’s crimes escalated in violence.

Wilson was last paroled Nov. 16, 2010 after serving part of an 11-year prison term for robbery in which he snatched a woman’s purse after grabbing her by the throat near her car in Chicago in August 2002.

While serving his sentence, Wilson was convicted of spitting on prison guards at Pontiac Correctional Center during a scuffle. He received another two-year prison term for aggravated battery of a correctional officer, court records showed.

Wilson also served earlier stints in prison for various crimes, dating back to 1991, that include possession of a controlled substance and aggravated vehicular hijacking. In the latter crime, Wilson pleaded guilty to pointing a gun at a motorist’s head in November 1993 during the car theft.

The victim was able to flee unharmed. Wilson fled, but crashed the stolen car shortly later after a short police chase. “While being chased he drops a coat containing the gun that he pointed at the victim,” according to Cook County court records. After hearing the defendant’s criminal history, Cook County Judge Peter Felice denied bail.

“I believe he does pose a real and present threat,” Felice said.

Wilson's brother said he told a judge about Wilson’s mental problems.

“If he’s fit for trial, why is he doing so much negativity in custody?” Dantzler said he told the judge in 2002. “Throwing feces on the guards. You don’t do stuff like that. My grandma did not raise us to be like that.”

In the neighborhood where Wilson lives with family members near 79th Street and the Dan Ryan, Clarence White, 28, a father of three who has known Wilson for three years, was visibly upset by Kelli’s slaying and what authorities say Wilson’s role in it was.

When his children’s mother told him about the slaying and Wilson being charged, White said it went beyond even his worst fears about Wilson.

White said he always thought that Wilson would do something to someone, but White had not contemplated the possibility Wilson might kill someone.

“He wasn’t the type to try something with a big person,” but would do something to someone smaller, White said. Something was wrong with Wilson both emotionally and physically, White said, declining to describe Wilson’s problems further. Wilson needed help but didn’t get it, White said.

“You could tell he didn’t have it all there,” White said. “He wasn’t a monster, he just didn’t have it all there.” “I’m surprised his family didn’t see it sooner,” that he needed help, White said.

Tribune reporters Deanese Williams-Harris and Naomi Nix contributed.


NiviusVir said...

They must get back to the basics. Nothing deters savage behavior like death. Nature has made death one of the greatest teachers ever. If a snake bites one person, and that person drops dead, I assure you that all who witnessed the bite and end result will give strong consideration toward touching any other snake they might encounter in the future. It's apparent that the ancient reptile understands human behavior far better than humans.

Anonymous said...

Any time a black kills a white the crazy card is automatically played. The crazy card trumps even the race card.

Anonymous said...

Not only is the Corrupt Liberal Media suppressing and censoring the extent of black on white violent crime, leftist propagandists are actively promoting falsehoods that most interracial violent crime is white on black!

Check out this incredible lie on the University of Florida Campus Police website:

*Myth: White women are more likely to be raped by black men than by white men.

*Reality: Only 13% of reported rapes are interracial, and of those that are, the majority involve white men raping black women."

The source for this astounding lie APPEARS to come from this hard left,racist "documentary" from AfroLez® Productions, called "No! The Rape Documentary" which is being promoted across college campuses nationwide.

Here is the study guide for the documentary:

The lie is repeated on page 22.

Evidently, the UF Campus Police Department got the lie from there.

deb said...

i dont care what the race of the killer be from outer space or whatever/ where ever whocares....what we are not doing is eradicating those that wish to kill.....and actually do end up killing for whatever reason....people bent on killing and other violent behavior need to be permanently put to rest

Anonymous said...

regardless of race even if the man was from mars or other crazy place he needs to pay a price for what he did....and the price he should pay is giving up his own life since he forcefully took someone elses....I am aspecially mad at judges and lawyers and others resposible for estblishing punishment....we are definetly soft on criminals and the worse the criminal the softer we treat them we need a 180 degree change with that...or things will remain the same as usual as now : with tons of folk being killed every day by the likes of wilson and comp.

Anonymous said...

so hard to leave comments here not worth even trying ' moderators 'what the heck that means can go fly kites

Anonymous said...

not for nothin only 3 miserable comments people behind this whole thing make it so hard to leave commets ... I am better and faster at getting to the moon and back...and will have not WASTED TIME. Get a clue

Anonymous said...

Sorry. This one dropped off the radar screen. I just sent you some news from the trial now taking place, nearly three years later.

David In TN