Mental fitness exam ordered for man accused of killing Indian Head Park teen
BY LAUREN FITZPATRICK Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org March 6, 2012 5:12PM
John L. Wilson (left) has been charged with the murder of 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin of Indian Head Park
Updated: March 12, 2012 2:27PM
A Chicago man accused of killing an Indian Head Park teenager in her home will be evaluated to see if he’s fit to stand trial, a Cook County judge ordered Tuesday after questioning the man with mixed results.
John L. Wilson Jr. will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to test his fitness, Judge John J. Hynes said. Wilson’s attorney, John P. Carroll did not object.
Wilson is scheduled to return to court April 23. He is charged with murder, armed robbery, residential burglary, home invasion and aggravated unlawful restraint,
Prosecutors said he was on parole when he fatally stabbed Kelli O’Laughlin in her home on Oct. 27.
O’Laughlin, 14, apparently surprised Wilson when she returned home from Lyons Township High School, prosecutors said.
The 38-year-old Chicago man was burglarizing the home, they said, and then stabbed the girl in her neck and chest.
He grabbed her phone on his way out and used it, prosecutors said, to send taunting messages to the Kelli’s mother. Police caught him about a week later with the help of cell-phone tracking technology.
Wilson had spent 17 of the last 20 years in prison and was on parole at the time of his arrest. He is being held without bail in a state prison because of the parole violation.