A grieving mother testified in an Illinois court Wednesday that she received taunting text messages from her daughter’s alleged killer the day after the girl was brutally murdered.
Prosecutors called Brenda O’Laughlin to the stand to testify in their case against John Wilson Jr. who stands accused of murdering 14-year-old Kelli O’Laughlin in October 2011.
O’Laughlin testified she found her daughter, lying in a pool of blood, in the family’s kitchen when she returned home from work Oct. 27, 2011. She called 911 and tried to administer CPR. Kelli O’Laughlin was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead, the result of multiple stab wounds.
John O’Laughlin met his wife at the hospital. The couple spent that night in a hotel room as police were still conducting an investigation in their Chicago-area home. The next morning Brenda O’Laughlin decided to get a manicure to try and keep her mind off the tragedy.
“That's like her therapy,” John O’Laughlin told Fox-32 News. He waited for her in their car outside the salon.
It was while at the salon that Brenda O’Laughlin said she received the first text message.
“Hello Brenda,” read the first message, the woman testified according to the Huffington Post. It was from her daughter’s phone.
“She wanted to tell you something before I killed her,” read the next message.
She left the salon and joined her husband in their car. They decided to call the police, she said.
She hadn’t replied to a text yet.
Then came another message that read, “You've got two minutes to text me before I break the phone,” Brenda O’Laughlin testified.
“Who are you and what do you want?” she replied.
The answer was a haunting: “You will know soon when I come see you,” according to KBMT.
A few days later police arrested Wilson for the girl’s murder. Prosecutors claim phone records indicate Wilson’s and Kelli’s phone were with the same person the day the text messages were sent. They also claim they have DNA evidence linking Wilson to the crime scene.
Police believe Wilson stabbed Kelli when the girl returned home from school and walked in on him robbing the family’s house.
His attorney, Michelle Gonzalez, denies this.
“It wasn't him,” she said in court Wednesday. “There's a lot of evidence that shows it could have been anyone. And the police just focused in on him.”
Wednesday was the first day of testimony in the trial. It is expected to last about two weeks.
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