Yang's Mental Fitness for Trial Questioned

Marni Yang is accused of killing former Bears girlfriend, unborn child

Tuesday, May 25, 2010  |  Updated 10:19 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Dating Sites Show Personal Side of Murder Suspect

Marni Yang

advertisement
Photos and Videos

Marni Yang A "Weak Little Girl"

For the first time, the family of Rhoni Reuter speaks out about her death and the arrest of the woman suspected in the murder, Marni Yang.

Dating Sites Show Personal Side of Murder Suspect

Marni Kay Yang wasn't looking for "a party animal or player" but rather "other like-minded professionals," according to her profiles on several Web sites.
More Photos and Videos

Defense attorneys for the woman accused of murdering the pregnant girlfriend of a former Chicago Bears player said Monday there may be an issue regarding her mental fitness to stand trial.

The Lake County News Sun reported that defense attorneys Jeffrey Lerner and William Hedrick told Lake County Associate Judge Christopher Stride their own expert was in the process of evaluating Marni Yang, 42, to determine if she has any mental issues.

"There's a possibility of a mental fitness issue. We will wait for our doctor, who will hopefully finish his evaluation within the next month," Hedrick said.

The attorneys didn't specify whether they intended to use Yang's mental fitness as a defense strategy or to delay the trial, which is currently scheduled to begin Sept. 13.

The real estate broker and part-time model is accused of gunning down 42-year-old Rhoni Reuter because she was jealous of her relationship with Gayle.  Reuter was seven months pregnant when she was shot to death in her Deerfield home.

Yang plotted the killing, driving a rental car with stolen plates and buying dark makeup and a cornrow wig to disguise herself, prosecutors saidShe contends that she was at her home on the Northwest Side of Chicago -- 18 miles from the crime scene -- with her children at the time of the murder.

She was arrested after one of her friends wore a wire so authorities could record their conversations.

Get Breaking SMS Alerts: Be the first to know when news breaks, and when weather changes dramatically.
News: Text CHIBREAKING to 622669
Weather: Text CHIWEATHER to 622669

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our Weather App
Stay ahead of the storm with the NBC... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out