THE next court dates in Lily Peters’ murder case have been set for 2023 after the 10-year-old was allegedly strangled and sexually assaulted by her teenage cousin.
Peters was found dead in a wooded area of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, after she went missing while on a bike ride to her aunt’s home in April.
The next court hearing was scheduled for August 7, 2023, online records show.
There are five days of hearings in Chippewa County Circuit Court this week, WEAU reports.
A new judge, Steven Gibbs, has also been assigned to the case and will serve as a court official overseeing the hearings.
The suspect, a 14-year-old boy, was referred to in court by his initials CPB
On August 31, the teenager waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
He is reportedly Lily’s cousin, but the Chippewa Falls police and district attorney’s office have not officially confirmed that detail.
The teenager was arrested and charged with manslaughter, first degree sexual assault with aggravated assault and sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13.
Two of the charges carry life imprisonment.
He is currently being held at the Northwest Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Eau Claire on $1 million cash bail.
LILY’S LAST MOMENTS
Lily’s horrific final moments were revealed in court in August by Chippewa District Attorney Wade Newell as he detailed the charges against the 14-year-old suspect.
She was allegedly punched in the stomach, beaten with a cane, choked to death and then sexually assaulted, Newell said.
“He [the suspect] informed law enforcement that his intention was to rape and kill the victim,” the prosecutor said in court.
Speculations about the suspect, his family, his motive and theories that fill information gaps hang like a threatening dark cloud over the city and occupy social media.
All of this will be settled in court and more information will be made public.
‘A GOOD MAN’
The suspect’s father, whose name The US Sun does not publish, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography – a Class D felony – in Wisconsin in 2017.
According to court documents, investigators found “several” explicit images of children on his cellphone, and he was serving time in prison, according to court records.
The suspect’s father has not been active on social media since his sentencing, but in one of his recent Facebook posts he boasted about raising “a good man”.
“Okay to all the dip s***s who father too many children and don’t work, those who have food stamps for ages 15+, free health care, heating backup, daycare, babysitting support, free phones with minutes, and housing assistance , then pull out cash for smokers, lemonade and go out for a drink at the bar.
“You are disgusting. You have no sense of work and reward. Don’t look at me I’m too tired of working two jobs and raising my only child to be a good man!!!”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6325242/update-lily-peters-murder-case-strangled-sexually-assaulted-cousin/ Important update in Lily Peters murder case after 10-year-old was “strangled and sexually assaulted by cousin”.