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Victim’s Family To Attend Trial In Murder Of Ex-Bear’s Girlfriend

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 (STMW) – Relatives of Rhoni Reuter plan to attend the Marni Yang murder trial next week, according to the family’s attorney.

Christopher Stombaugh is representing the Reuter family in a wrongful-death lawsuit pending in Cook County Circuit Court, he said.

Reuter, 42, was found shot to death in her Deerfield home in October 2007. She was seven months pregnant with the child of former Chicago Bears player Shaun Gayle.

Reuter is survived by two brothers and her parents, who reside in Wisconsin.

“They are going to be at the trial,” Stombaugh affirmed.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday at the Lake County Courthouse.

In anticipation of public interest in this case, the trial was moved from courtroom 221 to room 201, which has about double the seating capacity.

Gayle is expected to testify during the trial.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)