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Man charged in ISU student's death may have sought notoriety

Friday, December 02, 2005

The man accused of killing an Illinois State University student reportedly told a friend he was depressed and seeking fame.

That is the motive prosecutors revealed in court Friday as Maurice Wallace attended a bond hearing. He is accused of killing Olamide Adeyooye, and then dumping her body in Mississippi.

Wallace, 27, of Normal, was charged Thursday with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of concealing a homicide and one count of theft of a motor vehicle in the death of Adeyooye, 21, a native of Nigeria who moved to suburban Chicago when she was 8.

"I hope this man suffers. I hope he suffers worse than anybody. I hope he suffers worse than he made her suffer," said Andy Wildrick, victim's boyfriend.

Emotions ran high as murder victim Olamide Adeyooye's boyfriend and others came face to face in a courtroom with the man accused of killing the Illinois State University student.

Prosecutors revealed new details about the crime and the alleged killer, 27-year-old Maurice Wallace. Police say they found Adeyooye's apartment and car keys when they arrested Wallace in Atlanta. They also plan to present testimony from someone Wallace had a lengthy phone conversation with the night Adeyooye disappeared from her off-campus apartment.

Wallace allegedly told his confidant he was "depressed ... and felt like killing someone." Prosecutors claim Wallace went on to say "he felt like killing someone to pursue his personal cause, become a martyr, and get his name in the news."

"It's the lowest, most selfish thing I've ever heard. If you want your name in the news do something notable; don't kill somebody just to get your name in the news," said Wildrick.

Wallace stayed at an apartment just a few doors down from Adeyooye. Her friends say the 21-year-old, like others on campus, was routinely harassed by Wallace and often felt threatened by him. At one point the university even attempted to bar Wallace from campus.

"He would sexually harass anyone he saw, he would crash parties and get erratically violent when he was drunk," said Ashley Petry, victim's friend.

Maurice Wallace lived with his Aunt in the central Illinois college town, but he also spent time in Chicago and the Department of Corrections.

"I don't believe that he did that," said Ruby Wallace, suspect's aunt. "Because I raised him and the Word says 'don't kill.' I don't believe he killed anybody, I don't."

While defending her nephew, Ruby Wallace says her heart also goes out to Olamide Adeyooye's family. She calls the death of this 21-year-old student senseless.

Wallace faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted, but prosecutors say additional charges could be filed that would make Wallace eligible for life in prison or the death penalty.

He has been in custody since his arrest in Atlanta on Oct. 20. Adeyooye's car was found abandoned in Atlanta on Oct. 30. Wallace waived extradition and has been in the McLean County jail on the unrelated theft, aggravated battery and disorderly conduct charges. He pleaded not guilty to those charges during a separate court hearing Friday.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2005. All Rights Reserved.)

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