Woman Guilty in Murder of NFL Star's Pregnant Lover

Marni Yang faces mandatory life sentence
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2011 4:30 AM CDT
Marni Yang Guilty of Murdering Ex-Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle's Pregnant Lover Rhoni Reuter
This photo provided by the Deerfield, Ill., Police Department shows Marni Yang, of Chicago.    (AP Photo/Deerfield Police Department, File)

(Newser) – Former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle's real estate agent and sometime lover has been found guilty in the 2007 murder of his pregnant girlfriend. Prosecutors said Marni Yang used nasty anonymous letters to try to drive off other women involved with Gayle but her jealousy turned murderous when she learned Rhoni Reuter was pregnant, the Chicago Tribune reports. Yang ambushed Reuter—who was more than 6 months pregnant and had named the unborn baby Skylar—outside her home, shooting her six times with a handgun fitted with a homemade silencer.

A forensic pathologist testified that Reuter wrapped her arm around her belly as she was shot in an apparent effort to save her unborn daughter. Yang's crimes, first-degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child, carry a mandatory life sentence. "Today a huge weight is taken off our shoulders," Reuter's brother said after the verdict. "Unfortunately, it will not bring back Rhoni and Skylar. They will always be missed. They will be with us in our hearts." (Read more Marni Yang stories.)

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