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Bloomington woman describes choking mother-in-law

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — A Bloomington woman on trial in the death of her mother-in-law tells a jury how she choked the other woman.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that Misook Nowlin on Monday described how she held her mother-in-law around the neck by a purse strap and sweater until the victim passed out.

The 47-year-old Nowlin is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 70-year-old Wenlan Linda Tyda of Crest Hill in September 2011.

Nowlin has pleaded not guilty and is claiming self-defense. She says her mother-in-law was choking her neck.

Nowlin says she put Tyda's body in a plastic tote and buried her in a Will County forest preserve.

McLean County prosecutors say Nowlin lured her mother-in-law to central Illinois by making her think a job was available translating Chinese.

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