This undated photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows Marni Yang. (Illinois Department of Corrections via AP)

A suburban Chicago judge ruled Tuesday that a woman convicted of murder in the 2007 shooting death of ex-Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle’s pregnant girlfriend can proceed with her effort for a new trial or evidentiary hearing.

Yang convicted of killing Rhoni Reuter, pregnant girlfriend of former Chicago Bears star Shaun Gayle

Attorney Jed Stone, center, speaks during a news conference Wednesday discussing his new petition for Marni Yang's freedom. He is surrounded by Yang's children, left, Andrew and Emily, and her father Larry Merar. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

It’s been more than eight years since the Chicago real estate agent was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Rhoni Reuter, the pregnant lover of former Chicago Bears star Shaun Gayle. Marni Yang’s attorney is now calling for a new trial.