BLOOMINGTON - When Maurice Wallace faces a jury in the murder of Illinois State University student Olamide Adeyooye, his defense lawyers may face prosecutors from Springfield in addition to those from McLean County.
McLean County State's Attorney William Yoder has asked the state appellate prosecutor's office to assist with the case against Wallace, 27, of Normal, The Pantagraph has learned.
Special prosecutor Ed Parkinson confirmed Tuesday that he has been asked to help with the McLean County case.
"Yoder has asked our assistance. When they go to trial, they would like our office and the attorney general's office, perhaps, to be involved," said Parkinson.
Parkinson is part of the state's prosecution team preparing for the Maurice LaGrone Jr. triple-murder trial set to begin Feb. 21 in McLean County. LaGrone and former girlfriend Amanda Hamm of Clinton are accused of drowning Hamm's three young children in Clinton Lake in September 2003.
Wallace stands accused of the death of Adeyooye, a 21-year-old ISU student who disappeared from her apartment Oct. 13. Police found Adeyooye's body Oct. 21 in a burned-down chicken house in rural Mississippi.
Wallace, 27, is charged with three counts of murder.
Wallace has pleaded innocent to the charges against him. He remains jailed in lieu of posting $200,000.
Yoder was not available for comment Tuesday on the specifics of his request to the state.