Convicted murderer Misook Wang's sentencing has been moved to March 1. (WJBC File Photo)
By Paul Morello
BLOOMINGTON - The sentencing hearing for convicted murderer Misook Wang has been delayed for about a month because of an allegation by the defendant that her attorney provided ineffective counsel during the trial.
The allegation came in a recent letter to Judge Robert Freitag and a hearing on the issue, at which Wang will be able to make her case directly to the judge, has been set for February 5.
"You second-guess yourself after most trials and you think, 'I wish I would have done this or done that,' but I think I did probably the best that I could," Wang's attorney, Brian McEldowney said. "I was disappointed with the verdict but I understand why the jury decided the way they did."
Wang was convicted in December of killing her mother-in-law Wenlan Tyda after luring her to Bloomington.
McEldowney initially requested the sentencing be pushed back because Wang's daughter, Michelle Nowlin, would not be available to testify at the sentencing on Tuesday. McEldowney said Wang also requested a translator at the hearing and wanted the extra time to arrange for the service.
Freitag dismissed the translator argument, questioning why a translator hadn't been requested during the actual trial and noting that Wang had previously served as a translator herself.
The sentencing has been moved to March 1 at 1:30 p.m.
McEldowney also said Tuesday that he has filed a motion for a new trial.
"We are alleging some specific errors that the court made in terms of evidentiary rulings," he said. "There were two or three of them we believe may have unduly prejudiced the defendant."
Assistant State's Attorney Bill Workman said he doesn't believe the court made any errors and that the motion was filed mainly to keep open Wang's options for an appeal.
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