Lily Peters murder: Details reveal suspect fled scene and returned to cover corpse with leaves
According to a criminal complaint released on Friday, 6 May, the 14-year-old boy accused of killing his cousin Lily Peters in northern Wisconsin lured her to the secluded kill spot by proposing they tour the local woods before sexually abusing and murdering her.
Carson Peters-Berger was charged in adult court on April 27 with first-degree deliberate homicide, first-degree sexual assault, and first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 in the death of Peters, a 10-year-old, whose disappearance sparked a massive manhunt in Chippewa Falls. According to the report, suspect Peters fled the scene after being "frightened," but later returned to cover the girl's corpse with leaves. After a hearing on Thursday, 5 May, Judge Benjamin Lane, who initially sealed the details, agreed to disclose a redacted version of the criminal complaint in answer to media requests.
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Lily disappeared on April 24 after failing to return home from her aunt's house in Chippewa Falls. Her corpse was recovered the next morning by searchers. She died as a consequence of blunt force trauma and strangulation, according to preliminary autopsy results. A definitive answer is expected in 4-6 weeks when toxicological testing is completed. On April 27, the suspect in the murder of Lily Peters was arrested and charged with first-degree premeditated homicide, first-degree sexual assault, and first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of thirteen.
The youngster is still being held on a $1 million bail. Although he will be tried as an adult, his counsel may ask the judge to transfer the case to juvenile court. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 24. According to DailyMail.com, the 14-year-old boy accused of the rape and death of Lily Peters is the son of a convicted pedophile. His dad, Adam Berger, 37, was found with a stockpile of pornographic photographs of prepubescent females on his phone and got three years in prison.