CHICAGO — Three people accused of killing Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and taking her baby from her womb pleaded not guilty Wednesday.
Clarisa Figueroa and her daughter, Desiree Figueroa, face multiple counts including first-degree murder. Piotr Bobak is charged with concealment of a homicide and obstruction of justice.
Clarisa Figueroa allegedly lured Ochoa-Lopez to her home on April 23 in order to carry out the murder. She was accused of strangling the 19-year-old mother and cutting the child from her womb. She was also accused of claiming the infant boy as her own.
The baby was hospitalized in intensive care for months and died just over a week ago due to the traumatic brain injury incurred during birth.
The medical examiner ruled the baby’s death a homicide, so prosecutors say additional charges are in the works. Ochoa-Lopez’s family is demanding that after watching the baby struggle on life support.
Meanwhile, Ochoa-Lopez’s family was outraged by one defendant’s motion for a gag order on the case.
The judge did not rule on that Wednesday, but the family is pushing for a denial as they vow to continue speaking out and demanding justice for Ochoa-Lopez and her baby.
“There is a Constitution that provides us with freedom of speech and we will exercise that right,” Julie Contreras, family spokesperson, said. “If they want to gag someone, it should be them inside of a prison for the rest of their lives with no opportunity for parole.”
Bobak’s attorney does not expect additional charges against his client, who he claims will be cleared at trial.
All three defendants are due back in court for a status hearing on July 25.