Killer sent taunting texts to parents from victim's phone: lawyers

Killer Sent Taunting Texts To Parents From Victim's Phone: Lawyers
Killer Sent Taunting Texts To Parents From Victim's Phone: Lawyers

The day after 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin was allegedly murdered, her mother began receiving text messages from her phone.

Kelli's mother, Brenda says she found her daughter's body in October 2011. She had been stabbed multiple times in the neck, back and chest. At first, she thought her daughter committed suicide -- but prosecutors say Kelli was killed by John Wilson Jr. when he broke into the Chicago home in an attempt to burglarize it.

A day after the gruesome death, Brenda began receiving text messages from her daughter's cell phone.

The messages said, "Love your pic" and, "She wanted me to tell you something before I killed her" followed by, "Think I'm in love with you Bren." Eventually investigators linked Wilson to her phone by tracking its GPS signal with his personal phone. They noticed where one phone went, the other was always with it.

Wilson has a long history of criminal violence -- most recently he received an 11-year-sentence for robbery. But a defense attorney maintains its still possible Kelly committed suicide.

She told WLS-TV, "There is a lot of evidence that shows it could have been anyone, and the police just focused in on him and there's just nothing connecting him to it."

The trial began on September 4th and is expected to last two weeks.

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