Misook Wang is charged with murder in connection to the death of Wenlan Tyda. (WJBC File Photo)
By Paul Morello
BLOOMINGTON - The trial of a Bloomington woman accused of killing her mother-in-law last fall will start next week.
Jury selection in the Misook Wang case begins Monday. Defense attorney Brian McEldowney expects the trial to last about a week.
McEldowney has filed a motion that would limit what the jury could know about the Barton McNeil case. It would also limit what the state's witnesses could say about the previous case.
McNeil is serving life in prison for the 1998 Bloomington murder of his 3-year-old daughter. McNeil has long claimed that his ex-girlfriend Wang actually killed the child. The Illinois Innocence Project is currently reviewing the case.
But McEldowney said he doesn't believe there's any connection between the two cases.
In Sep. 2011, Wang allegedly lured Wenlan Tyda to Blooomington, killed her and then hid the body.
This summer, Judge Robert Freitag granted a motion to suppress Wang's initial interrogation, in which police said she eventually revealed her culpability in the murder.
Jury selection begins Monday at 9 a.m.
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