Next court date set for suspect in Lily Peters killing
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WMTV) - The 14-year-old boy accused of raping and killing 10-year-old Lily Peters as she was heading home from her aunt’s house in Chippewa Falls returned to court on Thursday as lawyers begin laying out the timeline for a trial.
A status conference hearing is now set for June 27, at 9:30 a.m., at which time the suspect, who has only been identified as C. P-B, will appear virtually, along with his new attorney, Michael Cohen. The conference will allow prosecutors, defense, and the court to establish future court dates in the case. The June date was selected to give the defendant and his attorney time to review the case materials.
The Chippewa Co. District Attorney Wade Newell said in court Thursday that he expects to have all of the materials ready by the end of next week. Cohen said that he has not received much information about the case or had time to review anything beyond the criminal complaint.
He currently faces charges of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, 1st Degree Sexual Assault Resulting in Great Bodily Harm and 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child Under the Age of 13 and is currently being held on a $1 million cash bond. The teen was charged as an adult, per Wisconsin law, but his defense team could petition to move the case to juvenile court.
In the eighth-grader’s first court appearance last Wednesday, prosecutors requested the million-dollar bond, arguing the boy may be a flight risk and they needed to protect the community, accusing the defendant of planning to rape and kill her prior to the attack.
The county’s district attorney’s office alleges the 14-year-old had punched Peters, hit her with a stick, and strangled her, in addition to sexually assaulting her. Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm previously said that the defendant was not a stranger to Peters and was known to her.
Peters was found dead near the Duncan Creek Trail. in Chippewa Falls. On the morning of April 25, after being reported missing the night before. Kelm said the defendant was arrested in the City of Chippewa Falls the following day.
Two of the three charges filed carry maximum sentences of life in prison.
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