John L. Wilson Jr. is fit to stand trial in the October stabbing death of an Indian Head Parkteenager who walked in on a burglary in progress at her home, a judge ruled today.
Cook County Judge John Hynes found Wilson fit after reviewing psychiatric reports and evaluations, according to Cook County State’s Attorney Spokesman Andy Conklin.
Wilson, 38, is charged with the stabbing death of Kelli O'Laughlin in October as she arrived home from high school, then using her cell phone to send taunting text messages to her mother.
He was arrested about a week later after authorities tracked the cell phone. Wilson’s older brother, Shun Dantzler, told the Chicago Tribune soon after the incident that Wilson “had problems, psychiatric problems.”
According to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, Wilson grabbed an 8-inch carving knife from a butcher's block and stabbed Kelli in the neck, back and chest. He then dragged her body from the family room into the kitchen.
Alvarez said Wilson ransacked the home and fled with a bowl of coins, an iPod Touch and Kelli's phone. The knife was found in the family room.
Prosecutors said that Wilson is a habitual criminal who had been in prison for 17 of the last 20 years.
Wilson was last paroled Nov. 16, 2010 after serving part of an 11-year prison term for a robbery in which he snatched a woman’s purse in Chicago in August 2002.
Conklin said the next court hearing for Wilson is set for May 30.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun