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Psychiatric Evaluation Ordered For Teenage Girl’s Alleged Killer

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John Wilson Jr. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

John Wilson Jr. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (CBS) — The man charged with stabbing a 14-year-old girl to death in southwest suburban Indian Head Park last year has reportedly been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, the evaluation will determine whether John Wilson Jr., 38, is fit to stand trial.

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Wilson pleaded not guilty in December to charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, residential burglary, home invasion and aggravated unlawful restraint in the stabbing death of Kelli O’Laughlin, 14.

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

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Bridgeview Judge John J. Hynes ordered the psychiatric evaluation for Wilson at a hearing on Tuesday. His attorney, John P. Carroll, did not object, the newspaper reported.

On the day of the murder, 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 year.

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 last year. The teen was pronounced dead at LaGrange Memorial Hospital in LaGrange soon afterward.

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

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.

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 last year. 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.

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