Almost six years later, Richard Lyons, 45, whose anguished cries upon discovering his daughter Mya’s body woke neighbors, is scheduled to go on trial.
Once the trial starts Monday with jury selection, jurors are expected to be taken to the home to see the allegedly staged crime scene for themselves. Records show Lyons and his wife no longer own the home after a bank foreclosed on it and it was sold at a sheriff’s sale last summer.
The girl, dressed all in pink, her favorite color, had been stabbed more than 10 times, beaten so badly her skull was fractured, and then asphyxiated. Lyons told family and police he found his daughter in the alley behind his Auburn-Gresham home in the 8400 block of South Gilbert Court.
Prosecutors have not given a motive for the slaying and are expected to put on a case based mostly on circumstantial evidence. They say spattered blood found in Lyons’ 2000 Chevrolet van, which he used to take the girl to Jackson Park Hospital, indicates that Mya was possibly stabbed in the vehicle and not in the alley where she was found.
Defense attorneys have sought permission to present statements made by a “person of interest” whom police arrested after he told friends and later admitted to police that he was in the alley on his bicycle looking for scrap at the time of the killing.
Source: Chicago Tribune