Julissa Thaler: Prosecution offers plea deal to mother accused of murdering 6-year-old son

Lavinia Thompson

A plea deal has been offered to the mother accused of murdering her six-year-old son and putting him the trunk of her car, according to KMSP.

Julissa Thaler has been charged with second-degree murder after police found the body of her son, Eli Hart, in the trunk of her car after pulling her over for driving erratically and driving on one of the car’s rims without a tire on May 20, according to the criminal complaint.

After being found competent to stand trial last month, the prosecution has offered Thaler a 40-year-sentence in exchange for her pleading guilty to second degree murder, but the offer is only valid until the end of the month, after which it comes off the table, KMSP reports.

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Julissa ThalerHennepin County Jail

The judge rejected a motion filed by the defense to release Thaler on $0 bail and to abide by electronic home monitoring, claiming she “is a person of good character and sound judgment” who lacks criminal history, KMSP says.

The defense seeks to have the case thrown out completely, and is seeking to have evidence suppressed during the trial, KMSP says.

“The defense is disappointed in the Court’s ruling –while the Court believed Ms. Thaler poses a flight risk and a risk to public safety, she had no convictions or history of not appearing for court. A trial date is now set, and we shall be prepared to defend this case,” defense attorney Bryan Leary told KMSP.

Thaler is accused of shooting Eli up to nine times while he was strapped into his car seat, only ten days after she regained custody of him, the criminal complaint says. Eli spent eleven months in the custody of family members after concerns were raised about Thaler’s mental health and her ability to care for him, the criminal complaint adds.

Tory Hart, Eli’s father, filed for custody of Eli six days before the shooting, and gave the judge a detailed history of Thaler’s mental health, the Star Tribune reported in May.

If Thaler refuses the plea deal, prosecutors could indict her on first-degree murder charges when her trial starts on Jan. 30, 2023, KMSP reports.

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