Marni Yang Wiki – Marni Yang Biography
Marni Yang is a convicted mother who is serving a life sentence at the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln, Illinois, for the 2007 murder of Rhoni Reuter, a former NFL player Shaun Gayle’s pregnant girlfriend and her unborn child, but she hopes it won’t be for much longer. ABC News’ 20/20 interview with Yang will air tonight on ABC at 9 pm ET/PT.
In 2011, Marni Yang was convicted of murdering Gayle’s girlfriend, Rhoni Reuter, by shooting her dead in 2007. Reuter was pregnant at the time with her and Gayle’s baby and Yang, his part-time lover, was ‘obsessed’ and jealous, prosecutors said.
Yang confessed to the slaying during a recorded meeting with a friend which prosecutors played during her trial.
But she now says she made up a false confession because she feared police were going to charge her teenage son and was wrongly convicted.
Her children Andrew, Emily and Brandon Yang also now allege police coerced them into making false statements, a new 20/20 show reveals.
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Marni Yang is Seeking to be released from prison in light of Coronavirus
In April 2020, Yang filed an emergency petition, seeking to be released from prison in light of coronavirus Covid-19. The Chicago Tribune reported that Yang says she underlying health issues named as asthma, Type 2 diabetes, and a compromised immune system, and that coming into contact with Covid-19 would be “life-threatening.”
The Logan Correctional Center has four reported cases of coronavirus among staff members. In the petition, Yang’s attorneys write, “For almost a dozen years an innocent woman has languished behind bars for a crime she did not commit. Now with the onset of a pandemic of epic proportions, Marni faces life-threatening harm if exposed to COVID-19. How tragic would it be if this deadly disease ends her quest for justice?”
She says she Did Not Commit the Murder
This is not the first time Yang has requested an early release. In 2019, she filed papers that challenged her conviction. Prosecutors cited a taped confession between Yang and a friend as a key piece of evidence to convict her as per her 2011 trial. In the tape, Yang said, “I took the first shot. I remember screaming cause at that point I realized we are now at the point of no return. All she was doing was screaming until she went down, and then when she went down she took her foot and she took one good kick at me, got me in the shin.”
In 2019’s filings, however, Yang said that she knew she was being recorded and “made a false admission to draw police attention away from her son.” Her lawyers say they have a tape in which Yang tells her father that she is going to make up evidence and falsely confess to the crime to ensure her children were not treated as suspects.
In a statement to The Chicago Tribune, her father said, “She says, ‘(Police) have been tormenting us, and it’s been going on for almost two years; we can’t stand it anymore. I’m going to get in the car, drive and meet Christi, and make up a story that I committed the murder.” “She wasn’t thinking rationally,” he said. “She was trying to protect the kids.”
Her Lawyers Claim The Evidence Used Against her Have Debunked
Yang’s lawyers claim they have debunked other evidence that was used to charge Yang in 2011. The prosecution claimed in trial that Yang owned a 9mm pistol. However, Yang’s lawyers say that gun was stolen five months before the crime. On top of that, the murder weapon has never been found.
Attorney Jed Stone also in a statement to The Chicago Tribune said that the DNA found at the scene was not Yang’s, but that of an unidentified man. He has also argued that forensic testing proves that the attacker must have been taller than Yang, who is only five feet.
There is also evidence that Yang answered a land-line call at her home at the time of the murder.
Marni Yang Ex-Husband Yen Yang
Yang was married to a man named Yang. Yen and Marni were married on June 10, 1990, but separated five years later in April 1995. They were divorced by August 1997, and Marni was awarded custody of their three children.
According to a 2009 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Marni Yang displayed some disturbing behavior while she was still married to Yen, including threatening to commit suicide if he ever left her.
Yen remarried shortly after he and Marni split, and he and his new wife welcomed a daughter to the world in 2008, the Tribune reports. Yen refused to comment publicly on his ex-wife’s case after she was arrested, although a source told the Tribune that Yen “fears retribution against his new family if Marni Yang is ever released.”