Lily Peters Case Update: Hearing for a teenager accused of the murder and sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl in Chippewa Falls, WI

MADISON, Wisconsin — A Wisconsin teenager accused of killing a 10-year-old girl will find out in September whether he will stand trial.

Chippewa District Judge Benjamin Lane scheduled a preliminary hearing Friday for the 14-year-old boy, identified in court documents as CTP-B. This is the step in criminal proceedings where a judge determines whether there is sufficient evidence to commit a defendant to trial.

The boy was charged in adult court on April 27 with first-degree first-degree murder, first-degree sexual assault and first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 in connection with the killing of Iliana Peters, who was known as Lily. Anyone age 10 or older charged with first or second degree murder is considered an adult in the Wisconsin court system.

According to the criminal complaint, Lily disappeared on the night of April 24 while riding her bike home from her aunt’s home in Chippewa Falls. The next morning, searchers found her body in the woods.

The boy told investigators that he was riding his hoverboard on a trail next to Lily and that he intended to sexually assault and kill her, the complaint said.

He asked Lily to leave the path and explore the forest with him. According to the complaint, he told investigators that after they went off track, he beat her, hit her with a stick and strangled her before sexually assaulting her body.

The boy’s attorney, Michael Cohen, told Lane on Friday he was upset that someone posted a video online containing recordings of police communications at the moments Lily’s body was found, describing the boy as a “little monster.” “ characterized. Cohen claimed that someone in law enforcement leaked confidential information to the poster and asked the judge to issue a gag order. He didn’t say who against.

Lane asked Cohen for the link to the video, stating that anyone with access to investigative materials should keep them confidential and releasing them could jeopardize the boy’s right to a fair trial.

The video in the player above is from a previous report.

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Laura Coffey

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