UPTOWN — Family and friends are wondering why a trial keeps getting pushed back in the case against Qaw'mane Wilson, the Chicago man accused of ordering his mother's murder, then emptying her bank accounts, collecting life insurance policies and spending the money.
"It's taking forever," said Tia Bouvi'a, longtime friend and former employee of Wilson's mother, Yolanda Holmes.
"A lot of people would like to know what's going on," she added.
Wilson, a local rapper and actor known as "Young QC," has been charged with his mother's murder but is still awaiting trial, which happened more than two years ago.
A trial date hasn't been set, but Wilson will be back in court on May 6 for a status hearing, according to prosecutors.
Holmes was found shot and stabbed to death on Sept. 2, 2012, at her home in the 1000 block of West Montrose Avenue. Prosecutors said Wilson emptied more than $90,000 from her bank accounts and received payouts from two of her life insurance policies after she died.
After the murder, friends and relatives said Wilson flaunted his wealth. He was seen throwing stacks of cash to his "fans" in the parking lot and posting video of the stunt on YouTube.
For Bouvi'a, the loss of Holmes, a successful salon owner and active member of the Uptown community, still has a profound impact.
Even when we weren't working together, we were around each other all of the time," she said. "It's one of those things you don't process over night."
Now, more than two years later, the case is still pending, which is difficult for friends and family, Bouvi'a said.
"I would think that they would've processed this a little faster," she said.
Police told her about a month ago that Wilson was planning on pleading not guilty, and nothing beyond that, she said.
Wilson's attorney told DNAinfo Chicago the same information — that his client was planning to plead not guilty — in January of 2014. His attorney couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.
According to accusations in court documents, Wilson admitted to arranging a robbery that led to his mother's death, and the getaway driver admitted to driving a friend of Wilson's there to commit a robbery.
Court documents also allege that the man who killed Holmes told detectives that Wilson asked him to commit murder.
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