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7Sep/170

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Pantagraph article

With new legal team, convicted killer

 no longer wants 'death by prison'

Edith Brady-Lunny eblunny@pantagraph.com

Jul 30, 2017

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BLOOMINGTON — A dozen years into a 100-year sentence for killing his daughter, Bart McNeil had lost contact with the world and given up any hope that his conviction would be reversed, despite his repeated claims that police ignored evidence pointing to another suspect — his former girlfriend, Misook Nowlin, who was later convicted of murdering her mother-in-law.(Read article for complete information)

Comment by Jeanne Ross:  In all likelihood McNeil’s estranged girlfriend, Misook Nowlin/Misook Wang is an outright serial killer. Photos accompanying the article, however, are misleading.  Barton McNeil is seen hunched over and in handcuffs.  Under protest, Barton had to wear a waist chain to which his hands were cuffed, severely limiting his movement,

Typically restraints are used only on inmates housed in the disciplinary segregation unit.  Instead, Barton resides in a low-aggression cell house in the prison’s general population.  Barton has had no disciplinary “tickets” in over eight years, nor has he ever had a violence-related “ticket” in his near two decades behind bars.  Moreover, Barton’s official IDOC aggression-level classification has always been at the lowest it can possibly be given the length of his sentence.

Wholly unwarranted for other reasons, the restraints worn by Bart were due solely to an on-going prison-wide lockdown during the course of the filmed interview, at a time when ALL inmates would’ve been restrained as such.

The above article’s optics is in stark conflict with Bart’s character, his prison record, and his genuine innocence.  As one closely associated to Bart and his exoneration efforts, I can assure the reader of these facts.

28Aug/140

McNeil Defense Pushes For New DNA Testing –

McNeil Defense Pushes For New DNA Testing
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BLOOMINGTON - About 15 years ago, Bloomington resident Barton McNeil was convicted of murdering his three-year-old daughter in June of 1998, but all along he's maintained his innocence.

A defense asked a judge to consider some new evidence that they believe could make McNeil a free man.

The shackles on Barton McNeil were loosened a bit on Friday, so he could sit behind the defense table in McLean County court.

Ever since he was convicted in 1999 of murdering his three-year-old daughter Christina, he's been behind bars, but his team of lawyers say the evidence that put him there was only circumstantial, not scientific.

"We don't think that he committed this crime. He's served 15 years in prison for this crime we believe he didn't commit, and we're committed to trying to help him. And this is the first step, just bringing that evidence to light,” said Gwen Jordan, an attorney for the Illinois Innocence Project.

With the assistance of expert witnesses, Gwen Jordan and John Hanlon told Judge Scott Drazewski that technology has improved substantially since the 1999 trial, and there was plenty of evidence that could and should be considered for the record.

"All of these items are things that they took into evidence that they considered important, that the police did, and the state had tested. The only problem was they had limited amount of testing available,” said Jordan.

Now, thanks to a grant that the Illinois Innocence Project has they want to run additional tests on Christina's clothing and bed sheets.

The defense wants an incomplete fingerprint found on the window sill, from a possible break-in, to be considered as well, but the fact that these samples won't be able to pinpoint a time, concerns the prosecution.

"If the DNA that's found on the window screen, and on the window sill and the bed and on the clothing is the same person, the redundancy of that DNA may indicate that the person may be very likely to be the real perpetrator,” said Jordan.

The judge says McNeil’s defense team has two weeks to get him the necessary court transcripts and evidence. After that, he says he'll be able to make a decision.

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5Aug/140

Inmate argues for DNA tests to clear murder charges – Pantograph Aug 2014

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Bart McNeil waves to family and friends as he attends a hearing to answer his request for DNA testing of evidence collected from the scene of his daughter Christina's murder in 1999. Log on to www.pantagraph.com for more photos.

August 02, 2014 7:00 am • Edith Brady-Lunny eblunny@pantagraph.com

BLOOMINGTON — Lawyers for a man serving life in prison for the 1998 death of his daughter argued Friday that forensic tests on crime scene evidence — including her clothing and a spider web on a window screen — could clear his name and expose the child's true killer....

http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/inmate-argues-for-dna-tests-to-clear-murder-charges/article_33c354b7-911d-5bb2-8a9e-3de5632fba63.html

http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/story/d/story/mcneil-defense-pushes-for-new-dna-testing/24516/mV40sUKpMkuWDBkdxpNPSA

7Jul/120

Innocence Project Reviewing 1998 Bloomington Murder February 6, 2012

Innocence Project Reviewing 1998 Bloomington Murder

By: Jacob Long, WMBD/WYZZ-TV

Updated: February 6, 2012

 

BLOOMINGTON - As we were first to report today, the Downstate Innocence Project is reviewing a 1998 Bloomington murder case.

The case surrounds Barton McNeil, who was convicted in 1999 of murdering his young daughter, but has always said the real killer is his ex-girlfriend Misook Wang.

Wang is now in jail, charged in the death of her mother-in-law in Bloomington last September.

We talked to Downstate Innocence Project Director Larry Golden by phone Monday afternoon. He said his office received several requests to look at McNeil's case.

One request came from McNeil himself.

Golden said the case has met the project's initial criteria. Now his team of lawyers and experts are working to gather all of the necessary legal documentation.

"We are now reviewing and evaluating the merits of that case with particular focus on the question of the potential for DNA testing," he said.

Golden didn't say what they might want to test for DNA, noting it is very early in the process.

He said the next development could come in 60 to 90 days.

Meanwhile, WMBD 31's Jacob Long has been looking into McNeil's case for months. He went behind prison walls for an exclusive interview.

Christina McNeil was just thee years old when her life ended.

She was suffocated to death in bed at McNeil's apartment in the early hours of June 16, 1998.

McNeil was charged with killing her and convicted in 1999. He's serving 100 years at Menard Correctioncal Center in southern Illinois.

During our interview, he told us the same thing he's been saying since he says he woke up and found his daughter's lifeless body.

"What evidence is there that I would just decide one day, well this is a good day to kill my daughter for no apparent motive, and I'll do it on the heels of my bitter break-up with my estranged girlfriend," he said.

The night of Christina's death, McNeil he had been arguing with his estranged lover Misook Wang.

He said he was trying to break up with her, but she wouldn't have it. He contends Wang murdered Christina out of extreme jealousy and hatred.

McNeil said, "What was I just making this up all these years? About Misook being a crazed, cunning maniac?"

Wang is now charged with killing her mother-in-law at a Bloomington sewing shop in September 2011.

Police argue she then buried the body at a nature preserve outside Chicago.

McNeil said in our interview this is no coincidence. He said there's an undeniable correlation between Misook killing Christina during their break-up, and her killing her husband's mother during a troubled time in their marriage.

"Misook's subsequent murder of her estranged husband's mother is the final word on my innocence," he said.

McLean County First Assistant State's Attorney Jane Foster was not part of the original prosecution, but she said she has reviewed the McNeil case.

Foster admitted during an interview with us it is strange Wang has turned up in tow separate murder cases, but she said there is nothing that ties her to Christina's death.

"She was thoroughly investigated, and there was just absolutely no evidence that tied her to this murder. All of the evidence pointed to Barton McNeil," Foster said.

Foster said McNeil's conviction is based on circumstantial evidence alone, meaning there is no DNA evidence tying him to the death of his daughter.

She also argued McNeil changed his story many times about what he was doing when Christina killed.

"He claimed to be on the computer. He claimed to be sleeping, but yet none of the records supported his version of events," she said.

Police reported at the time of Christina's death that McNeil indicated his daughter had been suffocated before a cause of death was released.

Foster said he was the only one with access to Christina the night of her murder, and that there were no signs of forced entry at his apartment.

She said, "The police crime scene people examined the window. It was dusty. There were spiderwebs. It had not been disturbed."

Yet crime scene photos McNeil showed us clearly show two holes cut in the screen to Christina's bedroom window.

The Illinois State Crime Lab also said in 1998 Christina had several hairs in her hands. An analysis showed they likely were her own, but expert testimony from court shows it's possible they came from someone else with similar characteristics.

"The only person who fits that, fits those characteristics is that of Misook Wang's 8-year-old daughter Michelle Nowlin," McNeil said during our interview.

He believes the two broke into his apartment together or the hairs were on Misook's clothing.

He said he remembers waking up around midnight to Christina saying something to effect of 'Michelle.'

"This suggests that Christina had been awakened by Michelle who was either in the room already or outside the window or something," he said.

McNeil also points to Wang's violent past. Court records show she has multiple domestic battery incidents on her record.

They include patterns of abuse against McNeil and her own daughter.

There is even court documentation that shows Wang threatened to murder her daughter Michelle at one time.

"I don't know what else you need except a signed confession or here caught on tape doing this," McNeil said.

He claims the information about Wang's violent past was kept out of evidence in court. Foster said McNeil would've had every opportunity to present it.

Still, McNeil feels had a judge heard it, his daughter's killer would be behind bars an Wang's mother-in-law would be alive.

"You don't dump Misook and live to tell about it, or your loved ones are going to pay for this," he said.

Foster said Wang has an alibi for the night of Christina's murder. Her public defender is not able to comment on the McNeil case.

Bloomington Police said Monday they have reviewed it, but they haven't said if Christina's death investigation is going to be re-opened.

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"Foster said McNeil would've had every opportunity to present it." Anyone who knows anything about the legal process knows that attorney's try to suppress unfavorable evidence, and judges frequently allow said supression. Further, it would arguably be improper, as McNeil was on trial, rather than [censored]. This would seem to indicate a need to re-investigate and possibly prosecute Ms. [censored]. It would seem that there are a number of serious, unanswered questions about this murder. At a minimum, It would seem a DNA test is in order. Justice would seem to require it...

Mike S.February 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Good. They should review considering there are so many questions.

Tammy T.February 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm

7Jul/120

Accused Child Killer to get bench trial 1998

7Jul/120

Innocence Project Reviewing 1998 Bloomington Murder February 6, 2012

Innocence Project Reviewing 1998 Bloomington Murder

By: Jacob Long, WMBD/WYZZ-TV
Updated: February 6, 2012
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BLOOMINGTON - As we were first to report today, the Downstate Innocence Project is reviewing a 1998 Bloomington murder case.The case surrounds Barton McNeil, who was convicted in 1999 of murdering his young daughter, but has always said the real killer is his ex-girlfriend Misook Wang.Wang is now in jail, charged in the death of her mother-in-law in Bloomington last September.We talked to Downstate Innocence Project Director Larry Golden by phone Monday afternoon.  He said his office received several requests to look at McNeil's case.One request came from McNeil himself.

Golden said the case has met the project's initial criteria.  Now his team of lawyers and experts are working to gather all of the necessary legal documentation.

"We are now reviewing and evaluating the merits of that case with particular focus on the question of the potential for DNA testing," he said.

Golden didn't say what they might want to test for DNA, noting it is very early in the process.

He said the next development could come in 60 to 90 days.

Meanwhile, WMBD 31's Jacob Long has been looking into McNeil's case for months.  He went behind prison walls for an exclusive interview.

Christina McNeil was just thee years old when her life ended.

She was suffocated to death in bed at McNeil's apartment in the early hours of June 16, 1998.

McNeil was charged with killing her and convicted in 1999.  He's serving 100 years at Menard Correctioncal Center in southern Illinois.

During our interview, he told us the same thing he's been saying since he says he woke up and found his daughter's lifeless body.

"What evidence is there that I would just decide one day, well this is a good day to kill my daughter for no apparent motive, and I'll do it on the heels of my bitter break-up with my estranged girlfriend," he said.

The night of Christina's death, McNeil he had been arguing with his estranged lover Misook Wang.

He said he was trying to break up with her, but she wouldn't have it.  He contends Wang murdered Christina out of extreme jealousy and hatred.

McNeil said, "What was I just making this up all these years?  About Misook being a crazed, cunning maniac?"

Wang is now charged with killing her mother-in-law at a Bloomington sewing shop in September 2011.

Police argue she then buried the body at a nature preserve outside Chicago.

McNeil said in our interview this is no coincidence.  He said there's an undeniable correlation between Misook killing Christina during their break-up, and her killing her husband's mother during a troubled time in their marriage.

"Misook's subsequent murder of her estranged husband's mother is the final word on my innocence," he said.

McLean County First Assistant State's Attorney Jane Foster was not part of the original prosecution, but she said she has reviewed the McNeil case.

Foster admitted during an interview with us it is strange Wang has turned up in tow separate murder cases, but she said there is nothing that ties her to Christina's death.

"She was thoroughly investigated, and there was just absolutely no evidence that tied her to this murder.  All of the evidence pointed to Barton McNeil," Foster said.

Foster said McNeil's conviction is based on circumstantial evidence alone, meaning there is no DNA evidence tying him to the death of his daughter.

She also argued McNeil changed his story many times about what he was doing when Christina killed.

"He claimed to be on the computer.  He claimed to be sleeping, but yet none of the records supported his version of events," she said.

Police reported at the time of Christina's death that McNeil indicated his daughter had been suffocated before a cause of death was released.

Foster said he was the only one with access to Christina the night of her murder, and that there were no signs of forced entry at his apartment.

She said, "The police crime scene people examined the window.  It was dusty.  There were spiderwebs.  It had not been disturbed."

Yet crime scene photos McNeil showed us clearly show two holes cut in the screen to Christina's bedroom window.

The Illinois State Crime Lab also said in 1998 Christina had several hairs in her hands.  An analysis showed they likely were her own, but expert testimony from court shows it's possible they came from someone else with similar characteristics.

"The only person who fits that, fits those characteristics is that of Misook Wang's 8-year-old daughter Michelle Nowlin," McNeil said during our interview.

He believes the two broke into his apartment together or the hairs were on Misook's clothing.

He said he remembers waking up around midnight to Christina saying something to effect of 'Michelle.'

"This suggests that Christina had been awakened by Michelle who was either in the room already or outside the window or something," he said.

McNeil also points to Wang's violent past.  Court records show she has multiple domestic battery incidents on her record.

They include patterns of abuse against McNeil and her own daughter.

There is even court documentation that shows Wang threatened to murder her daughter Michelle at one time.

"I don't know what else you need except a signed confession or here caught on tape doing this," McNeil said.

He claims the information about Wang's violent past was kept out of evidence in court.  Foster said McNeil would've had every opportunity to present it.

Still, McNeil feels had a judge heard it, his daughter's killer would be behind bars an Wang's mother-in-law would be alive.

"You don't dump Misook and live to tell about it, or your loved ones are going to pay for this," he said.

Foster said Wang has an alibi for the night of Christina's murder.  Her public defender is not able to comment on the McNeil case.

Bloomington Police said Monday they have reviewed it, but they haven't said if Christina's death investigation is going to be re-opened.

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"Foster said McNeil would've had every opportunity to present it." Anyone who knows anything about the legal process knows that attorney's try to suppress unfavorable evidence, and judges frequently allow said supression. Further, it would arguably be improper, as McNeil was on trial, rather than [censored]. This would seem to indicate a need to re-investigate and possibly prosecute Ms. [censored]. It would seem that there are a number of serious, unanswered questions about this murder. At a minimum, It would seem a DNA test is in order. Justice would seem to require it...

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7Jul/120

Family of convicted killer hope attention brings new trial, Jan 11 2012

 

Barton McNeil

Two family members of Barton McNeil attend the pre-trial hearing of Misook Wang Chuck Nicholson (left) and Grace Schlafter (right) attend the pre-trial hearing of Misook Wang wearing ribbons with the picture of 3 year-old Christina McNeil. (Stephanie Pawlowski/WJBC)

Family of convicted killer hope attention brings new trial

By Stephanie Pawlowski 4 weeks ago

BLOOMINGTON - Attorneys asked for more time in the Misook Wang case Monday to exchange evidence.

Wang, 46 from Bloomington, is accused of killing her mother-in-law Wenlan Tyda last year. But, the family of Barton McNeil is hoping to use this new murder case as fuel to get a possible retrial in his murder conviction.

McNeil was convicted of murdering his three-year-old daughter Christina McNeil 13 years ago. Family member Chuck Nicholson said McNeil has always maintained his innocence and claimed Wang was the real murdered. He said they are talking to Bloomington Police about the old case in light of Wang's recent murder charges.

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misook wang barton mcneil Barton McNeil, left, was convicted of killing his 3-year-old daughter in 1998. He has long said Misook Wang, right, his ex-girlfriend, was responsible for the girl's death. (Photos courtesy of Illinois Department of Corrections, McLean County Sheriff's Department)

Police take second look at woman in 1998 homicide

By Ryan Denham October 28, 2011

BLOOMINGTON – A 46-year-old woman charged with killing her mother-in-law may be connected to a 1998 Bloomington murder.

Barton McNeil was convicted of smothering his 3-year-old daughter, Christina. He’s now serving a life sentence in prison but has long maintained that his then-estranged girlfriend, Misook Nowlin, broke into his Bloomington apartment and killed Christina while he slept.

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misook wang barton mcneil Barton McNeil, left, was convicted of killing his 3-year-old daughter in 1998. He has long said Misook Wang, right, his ex-girlfriend, was responsible for the girl's death. (Photos courtesy of Illinois Department of Corrections, McLean County Sheriff's Department)

Convicted murderer says he has new hope after ex’s murder arrest [AUDIO]

By Beth Whisman October 21, 2011

A McLean County man convicted of the 1998 murder of his 3-year-old daughter called the WJBC midday show on Friday.

Barton McNeil is serving a 100 year prison sentence at the Menard Correctional Center in Illinois, but he told host Beth Whisman he believes there is reason to hope for the first time since his conviction.

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7Jul/120

McNeil claims woman charged in different slaying killed his daughter

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Illinois Springfield in the News

McNeil claims woman charged in different slaying killed his daughter

A man convicted in 1999 of murdering his 3-year-old daughter says the person responsible for the murder is now behind bars facing murder charges in an unrelated case, but prosecutors say they reviewed and rejected the suspect he proposes.Barton McNeil, who is serving life in prison in Menard Correctional Center, was convicted of smothering Christina McNeil on June 16, 1998.He maintains his innocence and says the woman responsible is Misook Wang, who was arrested Sept. 14 on three counts of murder and one count of concealment of the homicidal death of her mother-in-law, Wenlan “Linda” Tyda. Her case has not yet gone to trial.

The Downstate Innocence Project is reviewing the case following a request from McNeil, but has made no determination in the case. The institute at the University of Illinois at Springfield investigates and litigates cases for inmates that appear to have been falsely accused of their crimes.

The case was featured in an February 14, 2012, article in the Bloomington Pantagraph.

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28Jun/120

Charles Smith Blog June 27 2012

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Barton McNeil: Illinois Innocence Project takes 1998 murder case. New DNA testing could offer hope of exoneration. WJBC;

STORY: "Illinois Innocence Project takes 1998 murder case," by reporter Ryan Denham, published by WJBC on May 4, 2012. (This case only recently came to my attention. HL);

GIST: "The Illinois Innocence Project is taking on a 1998 Bloomington homicide, hoping to exonerate convicted murderer Barton McNeil and expecting to get some help from new DNA evidence testing. TheIllinois Innocence Project is “in with both feet, in terms of giving this a thorough, thorough review,” said IIP Legal Director John Hanlon, who recently visited McNeil in prison. A “professional” referred the case to the IIP, but Hanlon declined to say who or describe their occupation........McNeil was convicted of smothering his 3-year-old daughter, Christina. He’s now serving a life sentence in prison but has long maintained that his then-estranged girlfriend, Misook Nowlin, broke into his Bloomington apartment and killed Christina while he slept. But Nowlin, now known as Misook Wang, was arrested last fall and charged with staging an elaborate plot to lure her 70-year-old mother-in-law, Wenlan “Linda” Tyda, into traveling to the Twin Cities, where she was strangled. Tyda’s body was later dumped in a forest preserve near her home in the Joliet area. That connection was enough to prompt a second look at the 1998 case by police and the McLean County state’s attorney’s office. Detectives traveled to interview McNeil at Menard Correctional Center but later announced there were no new leads to pursue.........Hanlon’s specialty is DNA cases. Ultimately, the goal in such cases is to file a new motion for DNA testing on certain evidence, Hanlon said. Generally speaking, DNA evidence exists in only about 10 percent of serious criminal felony cases, he said. “But we think it exists here,” he said. (If DNA testing is not possible, another IIP lawyer specializing in investigations would then likely get the case, Hanlon said.)."

The entire story can be found at:

http://wjbc.com/illinois-innocence-project-takes-1998-b-n-murder/

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Murder suspect wants interrogation tossed out

 

 

Murder suspect wants interrogation tossed out

By: Ryan Denham  |  Yesterday
Barton McNeil and Misook WangBarton McNeil, left, and Misook Wang. (Photos courtesy of the Illinois Department of Corrections and McLean County sheriff's department)

BLOOMINGTON – A Bloomington woman wants a judge to toss out incriminating statements she made to police last fall before she was charged with murdering her mother-in-law.

Misook Wang, 46, was arrested in September for allegedly luring her mother-in-law, Wenlan Tyda, to Bloomington, then choking her to death and trying to hide the body in a forest preserve. Wang claims it was self-defense, but police say it was an elaborate plan.

In a new motion to suppress, Wang attorney Brian McEldowney asks a judge to suppress what his client told police during a 13-hour interrogation at BPD headquarters. It was during that interrogation that she gradually revealed her culpability in the death and concealment of the body. She also participated in a walk-through video recording at the alleged crime scene.

“In increasingly direct terms, she made five separate requests for an attorney,” McEldowney claims in the motion. Despite her poor English speaking skills, some of the requests were plainly said and could not reasonably have been misunderstood, McEldowney claimed.

“Well I want to get a lawyer really, I need a lawyer,” she said at one point during the interrogation, according to a transcript.

McEldowney also claims detectives repeatedly tried to get Wang to waive her right to counsel.

“The procedures followed by police in this case were obviously calculated to circumvent the defendant’s right to remain silent,” the motion reads.

A hearing is set for May 30 on the motion to suppress.

Meanwhile, Wang’s name has also surfaced in the 1998 Bloomington murder of Christina McNeil. The 3-year-old victim’s father, Barton McNeil, is serving a life sentence for killing his daughter, but he’s long claimed that it was his ex-girlfriend Wang, also known as Misook Nowlin, who really killed her.

The Illinois Innocence Project is now reviewing McNeil’s case. Authorities say they’ve double-checked Wang’s connection to both cases and determined there are no new leads to follow related to any connection.

Conceding it was a “unique situation,” McEldowney said earlier this month that he doesn’t “believe there’s any real connection” between the cases.

Ryan Denham can be reached at ryan@wjbc.com.