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PALATINE - Attorneys for Bloomington real estate agent Diana Thames will ask a judge Thursday to suppress statements she made to police about the stabbing death of her friend almost two years ago.

Thames, 49, has been in the Cook County jail since her arrest on first-degree murder charges in connection with the death of Cindy Wolosick on Aug. 12, 2005. Thames is scheduled to appear in court in Rolling Meadows.

Chicago attorney Kathleen Zellner is representing Thames. Zellner is known for earning the release of several inmates who were wrongfully convicted of crimes.

After Thames' arrest, police said she confessed to stabbing Wolosick, 46, about 20 times with a kitchen knife. The two women were friends and business partners. A disagreement over finances for the real-estate rehab business the two shared was given by police as the motive for the crime.

The defense is expected to question statements made by Thames during a lengthy interview videotaped by police. Thames' access to an attorney during the interview also will be an issue for the defense.

Thames worked for Realty Professionals in Normal. She and Wolosick, who was an elementary school speech therapist, bought run-down properties on Bloomington's west side and improved them before selling them for a profit.

Thames called police after she discovered her friend's body while staying as an overnight guest at Wolosick's condominium, said police. The night before the murder, the two women had returned from a trip to Mexico with several other friends.

No trial date has been set. Thames has been held in lieu of posting $300,000.

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