Recordings of Marni Yang, which were taped without her knowledge and were central to her conviction this week on murder charges, have been released by the Deerfield Police Department.
The recordings, released Wednesday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from WGN-TV, include conversations with Yang’s friend, self-described psychic Christi Paschen, after Paschen agreed to assist investigators by wearing a wire.
A jury convicted Yang Tuesday of killing Rhoni Reuter and her unborn child on Oct. 4, 2007, apparently out of jealousy over ex-Bear Shaun Gayle, with whom both women were involved.
Incriminating statements Yang made during those sessions – recorded over tea and ice cream at a Denny’s restaurant about 18 months after the shooting – were the tipping point that authorities said gave them enough evidence to charge her. Yang was arrested days later and has remained in Lake County Jail since.
Despite the poor sound quality – parts of the tapes were inaudible when played in court – Yang, talking in a high-pitched but matter-of-fact voice – is heard talking about how she executed the murder and reassuring Paschen that police would have arrested her by then if they’d had evidence to tie her to the crime.
"I took the first shot," a voice identified by prosecutors as Yang's is heard on tape. "I remember screaming because at that point I realize we are now at the point of no return. … I just started emptying my clip.
"All she was doing was screaming until she went down. And then when she went down, she took her foot and got one good kick at me. She got me in the shin. I just, I took one last shot in the head and finished her off, and I took off."
Click HERE for audio of Marni Yang, prepared by WGN. The recordings contain adult language and some of the audio might be difficult to hear.
Click HERE for 911 audio of former Bear Shaun Gayle, prepared by WGN.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun