CHIPPEWA FALLS Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The 14-year-old suspect in a Chippewa Falls homicide investigation appeared in Chippewa County court via video this afternoon. The judge set a one-million-dollar cash bond for the juvenile suspect in the death of 10-year-old Lily Peters.
In asking for that bond, Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell said the 14-year-old suspect’s actions were planned. Newell said the teen told investigators he left the home with Lily to rape and kill her.
Based in part on these statements, the 8th grader is facing three charges, including first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree sexual assault, and first-degree sexual assault of a child younger than 13. Judge Benjamin Lane said he weighed these charges along with community safety when making his decision.
“This is a serious charge, and because of serious charges, there are serious consequences. This gives greater incentive for individuals not to want to return to court when they are facing those charges. I also need to consider the threats to the community. The information that was disclosed by the district attorney shows that this was a serious threat,” said Lane.
The judge agreed with the district attorney in setting bond. If the suspect does post bail. He is not allowed to have contact with any juveniles. He’s expected back in court on May 5th.