Man Accused in Indian Head Park Stabbing Fit for Trial

Kelli O'Laughlin was found slain in her home last October

By Lindsay Smith
|  Monday, May 14, 2012  |  Updated 11:25 PM CDT
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Accused Killer Slept on Trash-Strewn Floor

Kelli O'Laughlin (Left) and James L. WIlson (Right)

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Indian Head Park Case Shines Light on Mental Health

John Wilson is accused of brutally stabbing Kelli O'Laughlin in her home last month.

Accused Killer Slept on Trash-Strewn Floor

John Wilson, a 38-year-old parolee, is charged with stabbing death of 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin.
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The man accused of killing an Indian Head Park teen last October will stand trial, a judge ruled Monday.

Cook County Judge John Hynes reviewed psychiatric reports and other evaluations before ruling that  John L. Wilson was fit to stand trial in the murder of a high school freshman Kelli O'Laughlin. The evaluation was ordered in March.

Wilson, a "habitual criminal" according to prosecutors, is charged with stabbing O'Laughlin to death after she found him robbing her home, and then taunting O'Laughlin's mother by sending her text messages from her daughter's phone.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Wilson stabbed O'Laughlin multiple times with an 8-inch carving knife from her own kitchen.

After committing the crime, Wilson only left the home with a bowl of coins, an iPod touch, and O'Laughlin's phone, police said.

Wilson's next court hearing will be on May 30th.

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