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Battery Report Misook Nowlin 1997

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Misook Wang murdered mother-in-law, buried body in state park Topic Started: 14 Sep 2011,

UPDATED: Charges: Misook Wang murdered mother-in-law, buried body in state park
Topic Started: 14 Sep 2011, 05:24 PM (565 Views)
14 Sep 2011, 05:24 PM Post #1
Charges: Bloomington woman murdered mother-in-law, buried body in state parkPosted Image
Misook Wang (McLean County Sheriff's Dept.)Bloomington, Illinois

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A Bloomington woman is charged with three counts of murder and one count of concealment of a homicidal death of her mother-in-law.Misook Wang, 45, appeared in McLean County Court Tuesday afternoon and remains in McLean County Jail in lieu of posting $100,000.She is accused of strangling Wenlan Linda Tyda, 70, of Crest Hill in a Bloomington parking lot and burying her body in the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Park.

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, Foster said Wang made travel arrangements for her husband to be out of town Sept. 4 through Sept. 6. Wang then paid $20 to an employee of a local restaurant to call Tyda and offer her money to transport a client 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 which 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. 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 were discovered.

Foster said Tyda and Wang had an argument in the Cub Foods parking lot and also at Wang's business in the 2400 block of E. Washington St. The argument turned physical at some point.

"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.

Foster said Wang hid Tyda's body inside the business and drove Tyda's vehicle to Chicago and abandoned it an airport. She took a bus back to Bloomington and put the body into a plastic storage container. According to Foster's statement, Wang left the body in the business all day on Tuesday, Sept. 6. That evening, she drove to the Des Plaines state park and buried the victim.

After confronted with the evidence, Wang was transported to the park where she led investigators to the body on Sept. 13.

31May/121

Attorney for woman charged in mother-in-law’s death wants statements tossed

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 | eblunny@pantagraph.compantagraph.com

16 hours ago • By Edith Brady-Lunny | eblunny@pantagraph.com

 

Misook Nowlin

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.

23May/120

May 30th 2012 Pretrial Hearing of Misook Nowlin Wang

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.

 

Appearance        Chr Information
Case Number 2011CF000800 for MISOOK NOWLIN, born on October 28, 1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion to Supress May 30 2012 09:00AM 4B Scheduled

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

18May/120

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.

5May/120

Illinois Innocence Project Takes 1998 Barton McNeil Murder Case

 

Illinois Innocence Project takes 1998 murder case

 

 

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)

SPRINGFIELD – 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.

The Illinois 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.

“This was not a cold letter from Mr. McNeil,” he told WJBC on Friday. “This was from another professional who believed firmly that Mr. McNeil is innocent of this crime and wanted our assistance.”

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.

Seeking more documents

WJBC’s news partners, WMBD 31, first reported in February that IIP was reviewing the case. The IIP team includes Hanlon, an outside investigator, numerous law-school students, undergraduate students and Project staffers, according to Hanlon.

“Getting to this case is a long process,” Hanlon said Friday. “There is a ton of paper, and there’s more that I know we’re gonna be seeking.”

The IIP has received around 1,000 case referrals in its history, and the pace of those referrals is only accelerating this year, Hanlon said. Part of what elevated the IIP’s interest in McNeil’s case is that it was referred by “another professional,” Hanlon said.

“What we’re finding is that, not always, but very often some of the best referrals that come to us come from other professionals,” Hanlon said.

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 public defender’s office is aware of Wang’s connection to the McNeil case and requested an audio copy of McNeil’s interview with WJBC in October.

McNeil and Christina’s mother were divorced when she was killed. Police and prosecutors said during McNeil’s trial that no one else could have killed Christina because there were no signs of forced entry. A pathologist also testified there was evidence Christina had been sexually abused – a possible motive.

McNeil told police in 1998 that he believed Nowlin was responsible, according to court records, including a letter from McNeil to a Bloomington detective.

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