Chippewa Falls, WI

Court Date Set in the Case Of Teen Who Murdered 10 Year Old Lily Peters

Yana Bostongirl

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin - The body of ten-year-old Lily Peters, a fourth-grader at Parkview Elementary School in Chippewa Falls, was discovered in a wooded area near a walking trail last month. Autopsy results revealed that she had been strangled and sexually assaulted.

According to USA Today, the police arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection to the murder. The teen is been currently held at Eau Claire Juvenile Detention Center on a $1 million bail.

Lily Peters was reported missing on Sunday evening when she did not return home after a visit to her aunt's. It is believed that the teen followed Lily from her aunt's house and then attacked her on the walking trail.

During a news conference held on Tuesday, April 26th, Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm had reported that an arrest had been made and that there was no longer any danger to the public: “While nothing will bring Lily Peters back or change what happened, we are very grateful to be able to deliver this news for the family and for the community."

The teen, currently charged with 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, is scheduled to appear at the Chippewa County Circuit Court on June 24.

Micheal Cohen, the teen's lawyer, expressed his concerns to the media following the Chippewa County Judge's announcement to make the criminal complaint in the case public: "I have little to no information about this case, and I certainly don’t want to be finding out about it first from some media outlet from England or California or Texas or where ever. I don’t know if there’s a need to release it now.”

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