THE next court date in the murder of a 10-year-old has been set for 2023 after she was allegedly strangled and sexually assaulted by her teenage cousin.
Lily Peters was found dead in a wooded area of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin in April after going missing while on a bike ride to her aunt’s house.
The next court hearing has been set for August 7, 2023, online records show.
Five days of hearings will be held that week in Chippewa County Circuit Court, WEAU reports.
A new judge, Steven Gibbs, has also been assigned to the case and will preside over the hearings as the court official.
The suspect, a 14-year-old boy, has been referred to in court by his initials C.P.B.— On August 31, the teen waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
He is reportedly Lily Peters’s cousin, but police and prosecutors in Chippewa Falls haven’t officially confirmed that detail.
The teen was arrested and charged with homicide, first-degree sexual assault resulting in great bodily harm, and sexual assault of a child under age 13.
Two of the charges carry a maximum life sentence… He is currently being held on a $1million cash bond at the Northwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Eau Claire.
Lily PETERS ‘S LAST MOMENTS.
Lily’s horrifying last moments were revealed in court in August by Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell as he detailed charges against the 14-year-old suspect.
She was allegedly punched in the stomach, beaten with a stick, strangled to death and then sexually assaulted, Newell said.
“He [the suspect] told law enforcement that his intention was to rape and kill the victim,” the prosecutor said in court.
Speculation about the suspect, his family, his motive, and information gap-filling theories hangs over the town like a menacing dark cloud and preoccupies social media.
All of that will be sorted out in the courts, and more information will become public.
‘A GOOD MAN’
The suspect’s father, whose name The U.S. Sun is choosing not to publish, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography – a class D felony – in Wisconsin in 2017.
Investigators found “several” explicit images of children on his cellphone, according to court documents, and he served time in prison, the court filings showed.
The suspect’s father hadn’t been active on social media since his conviction, but in one of his last Facebook posts he boasted about raising “a good man.”
“Alright for all the dip s**ts who produce too many kids and don’t work, the ones who have food stamps for 15 years and counting, free health care, heating assistance, daycare, babysitting assistance, free phones with minutes, and housing assistance, then pull out cash for smokes, soda, and go out for a drink at the bar,” the post said.
“You are disgusting. You have no real sense of work and reward. Don’t look at me for anything, I’m too tired from working two jobs and raising my one child to be a good man!!!”