An lawyer representing the girl convicted of killing the pregnant girlfriend of former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle is hoping new proof will present another person dedicated the 2007 homicide.
Bruises on the face of Rhoni Reuter had been already two to 4 days previous on the time she was shot inside her condominium in Deerfield, Marni Yang’s lawyer stated Tuesday, citing the findings of Dr. Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist who re-examined proof within the case.
Yang, who Lake County prosecutors stated additionally had a romantic relationship with Gayle and killed Reuter out of jealousy, was discovered responsible of the crime and is presently serving two life sentences.
Yang’s lawyer, Jed Stone, shared Wecht’s findings with the Lake County state’s lawyer’s workplace and Lake County Decide Christopher Stride Monday as a part of a post-conviction petition searching for a brand new trial and for authorities to re-investigate the case.
Stone famous that when Gayle’s arms had been examined by the Illinois State Police for gun powder residue, a trooper famous in writing that there have been abrasions on his arms.
“I don’t know precisely what which means, however I’m hopeful that the state will proceed to research this case with it’s full authority,” Stone stated throughout a listening to Tuesday.
A spokesman for the Lake County state’s lawyer’s workplace declined to remark.
“Somebody killed this lady and we would like the state to seek out that individual and I need to stroll Marni out of the hell of Logan Correctional Heart,” Stone stated of the state jail the place Yang is serving her sentence.
Stone filed the post-conviction petition in late 2019. The tempo of courtroom proceedings have been hampered by the pandemic.
Stone has additionally claimed that forensic science would present Yang was too quick to have brought on the bullet wound that killed Reuter and that police and prosecutors mishandled the case.
Gayle performed on the Bears’ 1985 Tremendous Bowl champion crew.
Police dismissed Gayle as a suspect early within the homicide investigation. He stated he was at a North Chicago barber store the morning Reuter was killed.
Stone has additionally sought to poke holes Gayle’s alibi.
A message despatched to Donna Rotunno, an lawyer who represented Gayle, was not instantly returned.
The subsequent listening to on Yang’s post-conviction case is scheduled for July.