Mental assessment sought for teen accused of shooting mom
STERLING, Ill. (AP) — The attorney for a northwestern Illinois girl charged with murder in the death of her mother is asking for a psychological assessment of the teenager.
The body of 53-year-old Peggy S. Schroeder was found in a burning home July 8 in Morrison, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) west of Chicago. Schroeder’s daughter was charged as a juvenile with two counts of first-degree murder, concealing a homicide and arson.
The teen allegedly shot her mother in the head and attempted to conceal the body by setting the house on fire.
Sauk Valley Media reports a hearing on the motion for a psychological examination of the 15-year-old is scheduled for Nov. 13 in Whiteside County Court.
Whiteside County State’s Attorney Terry Costello wants to try her and an accused accomplice as adults.
Information from: The Daily Gazette, http://www.saukvalley.com