CHICAGO — A Cook County judge rejected the request to issue a gag order in the murder cases of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and her son, Yovanny.
Clarisa Figueroa and her daughter Desiree Figueroa were accused of strangling Marlen Ochoa-Lopez in April and cutting her unborn child from her womb.
The baby, Yovanny Jadiel Lopez, was placed on life support, but died 53 days later.
In their request for a gag order, lawyers for the defense argued their clients could not get a fair trial because of the publicity from the case.
Prosecutors charged Clarisa and Desiree Figueroa with murder in the baby’s death. Clarisa Figueroa’s boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, was charged with concealment of a homicide and obstruction of justice.
All three are being held without bail.
The defendants, Clarissa Figueroa and her daughter and boyfriend, want to stop Yovanny’s father from speaking publicly about the case.
Yovanny Lopez, Sr, was in court Tuesday and so were the defendants.
In denying the defense’s motion, the judge pointed to rules of conduct that she issued to all parties and said she would hold them all accountable.
The judge said the public’s right to know has to be balanced with the right to a fair trial.