Key events in the slaying of Rhoni Reuter and the arrest and trial of Marni Yang.
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Last updated: 03/18/11 at 10:55 AM
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Recordings of Marni Yang, which were taped without her knowledge and were central to her conviction this week on murder charges, have been released by the Deerfield Police Department.
The shooting of Rhoni Reuter was a “carefully planned-out execution” for which Marni Yang should be held responsible, a prosecutor in Yang’s murder trial told the jury during closing statements this morning. Yang is on trial for the Oct. 4, 2007, shooting of Reuter in Reuter’s Deerfield condo.
Marni Yang's lawyers rested their defense in less than 30 minutes Monday. The prosecution, which closed its case earlier the same day, had about a week's of testimony and evidence.
Christi Paschen told a Lake County courtroom that Yang later told her she almost changed her mind about killing the pregnant woman, whom she viewed as a rival for the affections of former Chicago Bears player Shaun Gayle.
Shaun Gayle acknowledged from the witness stand this morning that he had sex with Marni Yang the night before she allegedly killed another woman who was carrying his baby.
During opening statements at Marni Yang's murder trial Lake County prosecutors said that Yang, 43, was jealous of Rhoni Reuter, whom she viewed as a romantic rival for the affection of Shaun Gayle, a former Bears player from the 1985 Super Bowl team.
Jury selection has begun in the murder trial of Marni Yang after the judge denied a stay in the proceedings so she could get her hair done.
Lake County officials are preparing for a media deluge in the Marni Yang murder trial, which revolves around a former Chicago Bears player, his pregnant girlfriend and a jealous rival who allegedly revealed ugly details of her crime on tape.
A jury will be allowed to hear a taped conversation between Marni Yang and her best friend that allegedly implicates her in the murder of the girlfriend of former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle and their unborn child, a Lake County judge ruled.
Marni Yang, accused of killing the girlfriend of former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle and their unborn child, is psychologically fit to stand trial, her attorneys said.
A motion to move the murder trial of Marni Yang to a court outside northern Illinois has been denied by Lake County Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti.
Marni Yang displayed behavior that her former husband said made him uncomfortable even during their courtship as she threatened suicide if they broke up by scattering pills around the bathroom, a source said.
Police and prosecutors say Marni Yang had been the chief suspect for months, but they didn't have enough to charge her -- until she shared telltale details with a friend.
A Chicago woman was wearing a disguise when she shot and killed the pregnant girlfriend of former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle in a jealous rage, sources said after authorities announced an arrest in the case. Marni Yang, 41, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Rhoni Reuter at Reuter's Deerfield condominium on Oct. 4, 2007.
Rhoni Reuter's family prays every day that her slaying will be solved, but police have made no arrests nearly a year after Reuter, the pregnant girlfriend of former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle, was shot and killed in her Deerfield condo.
Relatives of Rhoni Reuter release a statement outlining intimate details of the 42-year-old woman's life.
Around 600 attend visitation for Rhoni Reuter at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Tennyson, Wis.
Deerfield investigators search for clues in the shooting death of Rhoni Reuter, identified as the girlfriend of former Chicago Bears player Shaun Gayle. She was pregnant.