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Prosecutors: Boy, 14, Told Investigators He Intended To Kill, Rape Lily Peters

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WCCO) — The suspect in the killing of Lily Peters allegedly told police in western Wisconsin that his intention was to rape and kill the 10-year-old girl.

At a court hearing Wednesday, Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell presented the criminal complaint, identifying the suspect as 14-year-old boy and an eighth grader. The boy’s name has yet to be released. He appeared in court via video.

According to prosecutors, the boy told investigators that he intended to rape and kill Peters. He allegedly admitted to following the girl Sunday evening as she walked down a trail near her home, where he punched her, strangled her and sexually assaulted her.

At the hearing, prosecutors asked Judge Ben Lane to hold the boy on a $1 million cash bond, arguing that the there is a need to protect the community. The boy’s defense asked for a $100,000 bond, saying that he has virtually no ability to raise money and that he isn’t a flight risk since he can’t drive.

The judge described the teenager’s alleged crimes as serious and said the court would be concerned if he were released. He ordered that the boy be held on the $1 million cash bond, adding that he should have no contact with juveniles or dangerous weapons.

Another hearing was set for May 5.

Source: CBS Minnesota

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