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Jury Selection Continues In Marni Yang Trial

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/WBBM) – Five men have now been chosen in the murder trial of Marni Yang, who is charged with the murder of the pregnant girlfriend of former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle.

As WBBM Newsradio 780′s Lisa Fielding reports, the first day of jury selection in the Lake County trial ended with nearly half of the 12-member panel seated.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780′s Lisa Fielding reports


Attorneys will also choose three alternate jurors for the trial, which is expected to last about three weeks.

Some jurors were eliminated because they said they had followed the case closely in the news.

Repeatedly on Tuesday, potential jurors were also asked by Judge Christopher Stride, “Can you listen to testimony about an unborn child and remain fair and impartial?”

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.