Judge grants motion to suppress in murder case
BLOOMINGTON – A McLean County judge has granted a motion to suppress statements that accused killer Misook Wang made in an interrogation last fall.
Judge Robert Freitag’s ruling Friday comes after Wang’s attorney, Brian McEldowney, claimed she wasn’t granted her right to an attorney during the 13-hour long investigation at the Bloomington Police Department in September.
“The judge found that early on in the interview process, approximately an hour and a half into the interview, there was a clear, unambiguous invocation of her right to counsel and her right to remain silent,” McEldowney said.
During a hearing on the motion in May, McLean County Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Workman claimed Wang, 46, started the interrogation by not being specific about her requests for an attorney, and then once she made an “unequivocal” request, the detective complied.
However, the defense claimed despite Wang’s requests for a lawyer, the interrogation continued.
“We’re just examining (the ruling) at this time to see what our possible next steps will be,” Workman said.
According to the ruling, all of Wang’s statements made before the clear invocation of her right to counsel are still usable by the prosecution.
“I think there was nothing that was said during that period of time that is going to be of much use in terms of prosecuting this defendant,” McEldowney said.
Bloomington Police said Wang, during the interrogation, eventually revealed her culpability in the murder of her mother-in-law, Wenlan Tyda.
McEldowney expects a trial date to be set at a scheduled status hearing on Aug. 2.
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Bloomington woman pleads not guilty to killing relative
By: Ryan Denham | September 23, 2011
Misook Wang, 45, of Bloomington is charged with three counts of murder and one count of concealment of a homicidal death. (Courtesy photo by McLean County Sheriff's Department)
BLOOMINGTON – A 45-year-old Bloomington woman pleaded not guilty on Friday to killing her mother-in-law and trying to hide the body in a Will County forest preserve.
Misook Nowlin, also known as Misook Wang, is charged with three counts of murder and one count of concealing a homicidal death. She is accused of tricking Wenlan “Linda” Tyda, 70, of Crest Hill, Ill., into driving to Bloomington on Labor Day, and then choking her and driving the body up to the Joliet area and burying it in a shallow grave.
Nowlin made a brief appearance Friday in McLean County court in front of Judge Rebecca Foley. Nowlin, wearing a red McLean County jail jumpsuit and sandals, did not speak during the arraignment. Public Defender Kim Campbell, representing Nowlin, made the not-guilty pleas on her behalf.
A status hearing in the case is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 21.
Wang is being held in the McLean County jail on $1 million bond.
Authorities say Nowlin was fighting with Tyda over Nowlin’s marital problems. Nowlin allegedly choked Tyda to death outside Nowlin’s sewing shop in the 2400 block of East Washington Street, though she has told police that Tyda attacked first.
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BLOOMINGTON (AP) — A Bloomington woman is charged with choking her mother-in-law and then leaving the woman to gasp and die.
WGLT radio in Normal reports ( http://bit.ly/n6d7NB ) that 45-year-old Misook Wang is charged in the death of 70-year-old Wenlan Tyda of Crest Hill in south suburban Chicago. McLean County prosecutors say Wang lured her mother-in-law to central Illinois by making Tyda think a job was available translating Chinese.
Bloomington police found Tyda's clothes and belongings in the trash near Wang's home. Tyda's husband called police when she didn't return home.
Prosecutors say Wang eventually admitted she killed Tyda and then led authorities to the buried body at a forest preserve in Des Plaines. A probable cause statement shows Wang and Tyda feuded over Tyda's intervention into Wang's marriage to Tyda's son.
Charges: Woman lured mother-in-law with ruse, killed her in parking lot
By Kevin Barlow | email@example.com | Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:38 am
Misook Wang (McLean County Sheriff's Department)
BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington woman was charged Wednesday with strangling her mother-in-law in a Bloomington parking lot and burying her body in the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Park.
Misook Wang, 45, is charged with three counts of murder and one count of concealment of the homicidal death of Wenlan “Linda” Tyda, 70, of Crest Hill, located near Joliet. She appeared in McLean County Circuit Court on Wednesday and remains in McLean County jail in lieu of posting $100,000.
First Assistant State’s Attorney Jane Foster said Wang and her husband were having marital problems. After a verbal confrontation with Tyda in Crest Hill, Wang made travel arrangements for her husband to be out of town Sept. 4 through 6, Foster said.
Wang then paid $20 to an employee of a Twin City restaurant to call Tyda and offer her money to transport a client from Bloomington to a Chinese school in Chicago on Sept. 5, Foster said.
After Tyda was reported missing the following day, Crest Hill police checked her cell phone records that indicated she had placed a call while in Bloomington.
Police in Bloomington then began interviewing family members, including Wang.
During an interview with Bloomington police, detectives noticed several injuries to Wang’s arms and legs, according to a probable cause statement Foster read in court. A search warrant was issued for Wang’s home and business, Kim’s Sewing and Accessories. During that search, a garbage bag containing Tyda’s clothes and identification was discovered in a trash bin outside Wang’s business, Foster said.
Foster said Tyda and Wang had an argument in a parking lot near Wang’s business and again outside Wang’s business in the 2400 block of East Washington Street. The argument turned physical at some point, and Tyda was killed at Wang’s business, Foster said.
“The defendant admitted that she used both hands to apply pressure to the victim’s neck and choked the victim,” Foster said.
Tyda eventually died as a result of the struggle, authorities said.
Foster said Wang then hid Tyda’s body inside the business and drove her mother-in-law’s vehicle to Chicago, leaving it at an airport. She took a bus back to Bloomington and put the body into a plastic storage container, Foster said.
Wang left the container in the business all day on Sept. 6, said Foster, and that evening, drove to the Des Plaines state park and buried the body, Foster said.
After being confronted with the evidence, Wang was taken to the park where she led investigators to the body on Tuesday, authorities said.
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Crest Hill woman slain; daughter-in-law charged:
November 9, 2011
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org September 13, 2011 4:24PM
WILMINGTON TOWNSHIP — The body of a Crest Hill woman who had been missing for more than a week was found in a conservation area Tuesday morning. Bloomington police have arrested Misook Wang, 45, in connection with the slaying of Wenlan Tyda, 70.
Crest Hill Police Chief Dwayne Wilkerson said Tyda worked as a Chinese translator throughout the state, mostly for attorneys. “On Sept. 4, she got a call to pick up someone in Bloomington and take them to Chinatown in Chicago the next day, which her husband Larry said was not unusual,” Wilkerson said.
Tyda left for Bloomington around 3:30 a.m. the next morning in her silver Toyota Rav4 and told her husband she’d be home around noon. “After she was a few hours overdue, he tried to call her cell phone but got no answer. Around 8 p.m. he reported her as missing to police,” Wilkerson said. Tyda had relatives living Bloomington and detectives obtained cell phone records the next day to see if her phone was used there.
On Sept. 7, Crest Hill detectives contacted Bloomington police about Tyda’s disappearance.
“During our investigation, we learned Tyda and her daughter-in-law, Misook Wang, have been arguing recently over Wang’s pending divorce from Tyda’s son,” Wilkerson said.
When Bloomington police questioned Wang early Tuesday, she allegedly told them she’d killed Tyda and buried her body in the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area state park.
Around 6 a.m. officers found a shallow grave near New River Road.
“The woman has been dead for several days, but the remains were tentatively identified as Tyda,” Will County Coroner Patrick K. O’Neil said.
An autopsy performed Tuesday afternoon showed she was strangled.
Wang was awaiting formal charges in the McLean County jail on Tuesday.
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Misook Wang (McLean County Sheriff's Dept.)Bloomington, Illinois
Woman allegedly killed mother-in-law, buried body
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Misook Wang, 45, is charged in the death of her mother-in-law, whose body was found in a state park.
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September 14, 2011 (WLS) -- Misook Wang, 45, is charged in the death of her mother-in-law, whose body was found in a state park.
The body of 70-year-old Wenlan Tyda was found Tuesday morning in the Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife area in Will County. Tyda had been missing since September 5th.
An autopsy shows she was strangled.
Investigators say Wang confessed to killing her mother-in-law and burying her body in a shallow grave.
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Bloomington Murder Suspect Seeks Suppression Request
By: Bob Larson
Updated: May 30, 2012
A Bloomington woman, accused of strangling her mother in law to death last year, sought to suppress a statement she allegedly made to police. The judge Wednesday took the motion under advisement. 45 year old Misook Nowlin, also known as Misook Wang, is charged with three counts of murder and concealing the homicide of Wenlan Tyda of Crest Hill. Police say Nowlin paid a local restaurant worker to call her mother in law and ask her to come from Chicago to Bloomington for work. Authorities claim Nowlin strangled Tyda at Nowlin's busines, Kim's Sewing Shop and buried the the body in a Will County wildlife preserve. Police say Nowlin was angry with her mother in law for interfering in her troubled marriage. Nowlin is being held on a million dollar bond and will be back in court July 5th.
Attorney for woman charged in mother-in-law's death wants statements tossed
2012-05-30T19:09:00ZAttorney for woman charged in mother-in-law's death wants statements tossedBy Edith Brady-Lunny | email@example.com
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Misook Nowlin (McLean County Sheriff's Department)
Misook Nowlin (McLean County Sheriff's Department)
BLOOMINGTON — Statements made by a Bloomington woman accused of killing her mother-in-law should be tossed out because Bloomington police detectives ignored repeated requests for an attorney during questioning, the woman’s defense lawyer argued Wednesday.
Misook Nowlin, 46, is charged with strangling Wenlan Linda Tyda in September.
The 70-year-old victim was reported missing by her husband Sept. 5 from their Crest Hill home. Bloomington police became involved after Crest Hill officers found evidence that Tyda’s phone was last used in Bloomington.
On Sept. 13, Tyda’s body was found in the Des Plaines Forrest Preserve in Will County.
According to prosecutors, Nowlin, who also has been known as Misook Wang, and her husband were having marital problems and she went to her husband’s employer to ask that he be fired — a move that allegedly sparked a dispute between the two women. It’s alleged that Tyda was lured to the Twin Cities to provide Chinese translation services under a phony request set up by Nowlin.
Judge Robert Freitag took the arguments of Nowlin’s lawyer, Brian McEldowney, and Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin Sanborn under advisement, saying he expects to have a ruling within a week.
In testimony at Wednesday’s hearing, Bloomington police detective Richard Barkes acknowledged Nowlin was not free to leave the department and that she made several statements related to having a lawyer with her after agreeing to speak with police.
But Nowlin’s remarks about a lawyer were not firm, said Barkes, and were followed up with more statements, many of them incriminating.
In her testimony, Nowlin recalled her feelings during police questioning that initially focused on Tyda’s whereabouts.
“I get so afraid … I don’t know what to do. I have a right to have a lawyer to talk about my case,” she told Freitag.
In his motion asking that the statements not be heard by a jury, McEldowney contended Nowlin’s broken English was enough to assert her constitutional right to remain silent and have a lawyer present.
“A defendant need not articulate a desire for counsel in the manner of a Harvard linguist, but only in a clear enough manner that a reasonable officer in the circumstances would understand the statement to be a request for an attorney,” said McEldowney.
But Sanborn countered that Nowlin’s talk with detectives was voluntary and self-serving.
“It’s clear she wanted to make exculpatory statements to throw them off the track. It was her curiosity that led her down the road to tell what she actually did to her mother-in-law,” said Sanborn.
As McLean County moves forward with its case against Nowlin, a man serving time in prison for smothering his 3-year-old daughter in 1998 wants the state to review her potential connection to the child’s death. Barton McNeill, Nowlin’s former boyfriend, alleges that she should be considered a suspect.
The Downstate Innocence Project based in Springfield is working on McNeil’s case.
Next May 30th 2012 Wednesday will be a pretrial Hearing for Misook Nowlin scheduled at 9:00 AM in Room 4 B of the McLean Circuit Court.
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Please plan to attend as Bart’s family will be present and that we firmly believe that Misook, a leading suspect in Christina McNeil’s murder of 13 years ago, for which Bart McNeil her father was wrongfully convicted, was the true murderess. Bart, just like Alan Beaman also of McLean County before him, was disbarred to present any evidence at his trial regarding Misook Nowlin due to a Motion of Limine that McLean County Prosecutors put into place. This motion in effect convicted Bart on account he was in the apartment Christina was murdered that night. Despite all the overwhelming evidence that showed Misook to have the motive and means in which to have murdered Christina that night. Bart’s case caught the attention of the legal team at the Illinois Innocence Project of Springfield Illinois that has now taken him on as their client.
And that the Prosecutors and Defense Attorney’s at Misook’s current murder trial plan to present arguments surrounding a Defense Motion to Suppress Misook’s former confession made to Bloomington Police regarding the murder of her estranged husband’s mother Ms. Wenlan “Linda” Tyda of Cresthill, Illinois. Other important newsworthy information may be presented additionally at this PreTrial.
If you have any questions or wish to schedule an interview with Bart from Menard Prison or any of his family members please let us know. Thank you in advance for your support in reporting on this important case and the growing correlation between these two heinous crimes. Sincerely, Team Bart. www.freebart.org