Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Indian Head Park Girl

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (CBS) — A South Side man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the grisly murder of 14-year-old Kelli O’Loughlin during a burglary of her family’s home in southwest suburban Indian Head Park.

John Wilson Jr., 38, pleaded not guilty at a hearing in the Bridgeview Courthouse.

Wilson, whose last known address was in the 7900 block of South Lafayette Avenue, is charged with first-degree murder and residential burglary. He is being held without bond.

Kelli, a Lyons Township High School freshman, was found stabbed to death by her mother on Oct. 27, in their home in the 6300 block of Keokuk Drive.

Wilson had been spotted near the O’Laughlins’ house by three witnesses between 2:45 and 3:30 p.m. that day. Kelli had gotten off the bus from school at 3:40 p.m. and entered the house, only to be confronted by Wilson, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said last month.

Wilson stabbed Kelli when she walked in the front door and dragged her from the family room to the kitchen, Assistant State’s Attorney Peter Troy said at the suspect’s bond hearing. The teen was pronounced dead at LaGrange Memorial Hospital in LaGrange soon afterward, Alvarez said last month. Authorities say she had been stabbed several times in the neck, chest and the back.

Wilson allegedly used a butcher knife that had been on a butcher block in the kitchen. The Chicago Cutlery carving knife with a blade length of 8 inches found next to pool of blood, authorities said.

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Kelli O'Laughlin (Courtesy: O'Laughlin Family)

The house was ransacked, and Wilson took a bowl filled with various types of foreign coins, Alvarez said. He also took Kelli’s cell phone and an iPod touch, Alvarez said. In the hours after the murder, Wilson sent Kelli’s mother text messages of “a taunting and disturbing nature” from Kelli’s cell phone, she said.

Prosecutors say Wilson has spent only three years out of jail since 1991. In that time, he has racked up five prior convictions, including drug dealing, burglary and armed robbery.

Law enforcement records show Wilson has also gone by numerous aliases.

He is next due in court on Jan. 3.

  • Afro

    Well liberals what do you say should we ban the knives now for killing people and ignore the savage?

  • Angels of Secrets

    My heart cries out for this sweet Angel and her family. May angel wings lift you up during this difficult time.

  • jstcnw

    Hmmmm . . . if John Wilson, Jr., didn’t kill Kelli, maybe he only broke in and robbed the house. Then he left peacefully before the girl arrived. When Kelli came in, she was overwhelmed by the mess in her house. Shortly thereafter, the mother came in to find that Kelli had NOT started dinner and that the spare change bowl from their world travels was missing. Outraged, she murdered her own daughter, thinking she could blame it on the burglar and texted herself numerous times on Kelli’s phone. I mean, he was so stupid he mistook these coins worth fractions of pennies for a valuable coin collection, maybe he would confess to a murder he did not commit? Ridiculous? Of COURSE it’s ridiculous! He’s guilty as he can be. Send him back to his home away from home!

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