Transgender teen who stabbed parents to death on Halloween was afraid they wouldn't 'accept her'
Andrea Balcer, whose name still appears as Andrew Balcer in court documents, stabbed her mother Alice nine times and father Antonio a dozen times but left her brother unharmed
A transgender teen has entered a guilty plea in connection with the murders of her parents on Halloween because they would not accept her transition to female. Andrea Balcer, whose name still appears as Andrew Balcer in court documents, wept in court as the prosecutor described the grisly details of how she had fatally stabbed her parents, 47-year-old Alice and Antonio Balcer, on October 31, 2016.
The 19-year-old is also reported to have stabbed the family dog, a chihuahua, but left her brother alive. She did not give any explanation for committing the murders when she appeared in court. Walter McKee, Balcer's attorney, however, spoke to the press outside the court and said that the teen had been sexually abused by her mother when she was younger.
He also added that the parents had difficulty in accepting her transition into a transgender woman. McKee said: "She has indicated some issues with respect to transitioning from the gender assigned at birth [as a trigger for the crimes]." Assistant Attorney General Robert "Bud" Ellis, on the other hand, said that the abuse claims were bogus. According to the Daily Mail, he said outside the court: "Our position is basically that we do not accept that as reality."
Andrew Balcer has just pleaded guilty to the murders of his parents and the killing of the family dog. Prosecutors will ask for a 55 year prison sentence. His defense attorney will argue for a lesser sentence. Details tonight @WGME @FOX23Maine pic.twitter.com/pxo29XnVZC— Brad Rogers WGME (@BradWGME) September 19, 2018
Maine's chief forensic psychiatrist, Dr Debra Baeder, testified in 2017 that Balcer had been afraid that her parents would not accept who she was becoming as she was transitioning. The doctor held multiple sessions with the troubled teen after the murders. In one of these sessions, she said that Balcer had told her: "Maybe I should be someone else. Maybe I should be a woman." She testified that the teen told her: "I couldn't be as flamboyant as I wanted. I couldn't dress the way I wanted."
A recording of the 12-minute call that she placed to 911 was played back in court last year and it revealed her confession to stabbing her mother in the back while she was hugging her. She then said that she stabbed her father when he woke up after hearing his wife's screams. The authorities found a military-style knife on the floor close to the father's body.
Balcer told the dispatcher: "I took my Ka-Bar (knife) and drove it straight into my mother's back. My father came up because he heard her screams and I stabbed the f**k out of him." She also said that she stabbed the family dog because it refused to stop barking. According to the autopsy report, Alice had been stabbed nine times and Antonio had been stabbed a dozen times.
The teen was only 17 at the time that she stabbed her parents and dog. She told the dispatcher that she had no idea why she did it and that she had not had any arguments with her parents prior to the attack. She can be heard saying: "There's no helping them." The prosecutors proceeded to file a petition to have the teen tried as an adult and this would have meant that she faced a life sentence under Maine law.
The teen pleaded guilty to two counts of intentional or knowing murder and one count of aggravated cruelty to animals this week. This was a part of a plea agreement that she made with the Maine attorney general's office and it called for the prosecution to recommend 55 years behind bars. McKee has been given the option to argue for less time in prison for his client. Balcer has been held in jail without bail since the murders in 2016 and is due to be sentenced in November.