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Trial Set To Begin In Murder Of Ex-Bear’s Girlfriend

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Marni Yang, Rhoni Reuter

Marni Yang (left) was convicted of killing Rhoni Reuter (right) and her unborn child in 2007. Prosecutors said Yang killed Reuter, the girlfriend of former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle, to eliminate her as a romantic rival. (Credit: Deerfield Police Department/CBS)

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. (CBS) – The trial will soon begin for Marni Yang, the woman charged with killing the pregnant girlfriend of ex-Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle.

The trial for Yang is set to begin March 1. She is charged in the 2007 shooting death of Rhoni Reuter.

Yang faces charges of first-degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child.

Reuter was shot to death in her Deerfield condo on Oct. 4, 2007. Yang has claimed she was home replacing the battery in her broken car at the time, but her teenage son told police he didn’t see her around at the time of the murder.

Authorities claim Yang jealously rivaled for Gayle’s affection and conspired to kill Reuter, who was pregnant with Gayle’s daughter. They say Yang allegedly used an elaborate scheme to cover her tracks, including wearing a disguise, building a home-made silencer and using a throw-away cell phone while planning and carrying out the crime.

Yang has been in jail for almost two years.

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