Testifying for the prosecution, Gayle confirmed for the first time that he had a sexual relationship with Yang, who’s charged with murdering 42-year-old Rhoni Reuter on Oct. 4, 2007.
Reuter was nearly seven months pregnant with Gayle’s unborn daughter when she was shot to death inside her Deerfield condominium.
Gayle told jurors that he had been involved with Reuter since 1990, but said their relationship wasn’t exclusive.
He testified he met Yang in 2005 and they at first had a solely business relationship because she was involved in some of his real estate ventures.
But Gayle also acknowledged that he and Yang sometimes would have sex.
“From time to time, it would change into a personal relationship,” Gayle said, describing their sexual encounters as occurring “roughly two to three times in the course of a year.”
One of those encounters occurred the night before Reuter was killed, Gayle said.
Yang came to his Chicago home on the evening of Oct. 3, 2007, telling him she wanted to discuss a “time-sensitive” real estate issue, Gayle said.
She picked up dinner on the way over and the two spent about two hours together — and had sex, Gayle said.
Yang left his home by 9:30 p.m., said Gayle, who testified Yang visited his house 10 to 15 times from the time they met until Reuter was slain.
Lake County prosecutors contend Yang, a Chicago resident, killed the 42-year-old Reuter because she was jealous of Reuter’s relationship with Gayle.
Reuter was shot to death just before 8 a.m. on Oct. 4 as she left her condominium to go to work, authorities have said.
Following his testimony, Gayle was escorted out of the courtroom by sheriff’s deputies and left without speaking to the media.
When questioned by Deerfield police after Reuter’s death, Gayle said he told investigators about another woman he previously had dated and had obtained an order of protection against in 2006.
Gayle, who remained composed during the nearly two hours he spent on the witness stand, said that woman had come to his home and harassed him in May 2006 after their breakup.
He also suspected her of writing two harassing letters to as many as 18 women he knew, Gayle testified.
Gayle said he was getting a haircut in North Chicago when he first received a telephone call from a friend telling him about a shooting in Deerfield in which his name had been mentioned.
After calling several friends to get more information, Gayle said he learned the shooting had occurred in Reuter’s condo complex.
Worried, he left messages on both her cell phone and her home phone, he said.
“I started to panic with the information I got,” Gayle said.
As he started driving to Deerfield, he called police, who confirmed Reuter had been slain and told him to come to the police station.
But a tape of the emotional 911 call he made to police — which included Gayle breaking down when he learned Reuter was dead — wasn’t played for jurors.
Yang’s lawyers have argued that police prematurely focused on her as a suspect, ignoring other women with whom they contend Gayle had relationships.
Reuter was shot at least six times, with two of the bullets also striking her unborn daughter, authorities have said.
Yang is charged with first-degree murder and the intentional homicide of an unborn child.
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