LITTLE VILLAGE — An attorney for one of the women charged with the 2019 slaying of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez is asking the court to invalidate her arrest and throw out some of the evidence in the case, according to the slain teen’s family.
Ochoa-Lopez’s family said they were recently notified of the motion filed by the attorney for Clarisa Figueroa to quash her arrest and suppress evidence gathered when investigators searched her home and yard following the teen’s April 2019 killing. It’s unclear exactly what evidence Figueroa’s attorney wants thrown out.
Judge Peggy Chiampas did not rule on the motion Tuesday at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse. She set Sept. 15 for the next hearing on prosecutors’ response to Figueroa’s motion.
Ochoa-Lopez’s family attended Figueroa’s hearing Tuesday. Yovani Lopez, Ochoa-Lopez’s husband, said Tuesday it was sad to come to court and hear a judge entertaining the petition to suppress evidence in the case of his late wife’s slaying.
“It’s like playing my wife’s life was a game to them,” Lopez said. “She was an innocent person. She was a good mom. She was dedicated to her home. She wouldn’t do harm to anyone.”
Lopez said it’s difficult having to wait for a decision on Figueroa’s petition. He said he already wonders every day what could happen with the case.
“It makes me tense,” he said.
Figueroa and her daughter, Desiree Figueroa, lured a pregnant Ochoa-Lopez to Clarisa Figueroa’s Southwest Side home April 23, 2019, with the promise of baby clothes, prosecutors said. There, the two women strangled Ochoa-Lopez and cut her baby — later named Yovanny Jadiel Lopez — from her womb, prosecutors said.
Ochoa-Lopez’s body was found in a trashcan in the backyard of Clarisa Figueroa’s home, authorities said.
Both women were charged with murder in May 2019. Clarisa Figueroa’s boyfriend, Piotr Bobak, was charged with helping conceal a murder. All three have been held without bail since their arrests.
A trial date has yet to be set in the case.
Yovanny Yadiel Lopez died in June 2019 after nearly two months of intense care. He survived his mother’s slaying but suffered brain damage as a result.
Julie Contreras, a spokesperson for Ochoa-Lopez’s family, said in addition to Clarisa Figueroa’s petition, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office told them Bobak could potentially walk free after his trial, due to the charges he was given and credit for time served.
“For us, that’s unacceptable,” Contreras said. “It’s already three years, and there’s still no justice for Marlen,.”
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