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updated: 12/20/2012 7:37 AM

Bloomington woman convicted of strangling mother-in-law

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BLOOMINGTON -- A Bloomington woman has been found guilty of strangling her mother-in-law in what she claimed was an act of self-defense.

A jury convicted Misook Nowlin of first-degree murder on Tuesday in the death of 70-year-old Wenlan Linda Tyda of Crest Hill in September 2011.

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The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports the jury deliberated for about two hours.

In testimony, Nowlin admitted paying someone to lure her mother-in-law to central Illinois with a job offer. But Nowlin said she choked her with a purse strap and sweater in self-defense during a struggle.

Prosecutors argued the death was no accident.

After the killing, Nowlin placed the victim's body in a tote bag and buried her in a Will County forest preserve.

Defense lawyer Brian McEldowney acknowledged she "was wrong in many respects."

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