Breaking News Bar
updated: 12/20/2012 7:37 AM

Bloomington woman convicted of strangling mother-in-law

Success - Article sent! close
Associated Press

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.

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."

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.