McLean County woman found guilty of murdering mother-in-law

By WEEK Producer

December 18, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:24 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- A McLean County jury took only a short time Tuesday to convict Misook Wang Nowlin of murdering her mother-in-law.

The jury returned a guilty verdict on a count of first-degree murder after two and a half hours of deliberations.

Wang had admitted to burying the body of 70-year-old Wenlan Linda Tyda in a forest preserve but had denied murdering the elderly woman, saying that her death came during a struggle.

She admitted luring the woman to Bloomington on a pretense of a translation job but said it was only to talk with her.

Prosecutors argued that Wenlan Tyda was killed for a share of her life insurance.

Because of the age of the victim, the minimum sentence Nowlin can receive is 60 years in prison.