A TEENAGE girl killed her mum after she allegedly told her to end her lesbian relationship, a court has heard.
Anna Schroeder had just turned 15 when she shot her mum Peggy in the head with a .38 revolver at their home in Morrison, Illinois.
Anna Schroeder shot her mum Peggy after she allegedly told her to end her lesbian relationship, a court has heard
Schroeder, now 17, had previously claimed that then-girlfriend Rachel Helm had urged her to pull the trigger after Peggy vowed to end their romance.
But Schroeder says she cannot be held responsible for the July 2017 murder of her 53-year-old mum – because she’d been forced to take the drug Zoloft at the time.
Her lawyer James Mertes told a court on Friday that being made to take the antidepressant “deprived her of substantial capacity to appreciate the criminality of her conduct or conform her conduct to the requirements of law”.
It is unclear who forced Schroeder to take the drug, reports SaukValley.com.
Side effects can include drowsiness, anxiety, tremors and insomnia.
After gunning down her mum, Schroeder reportedly texted Helm, also 17, a photo of her mother’s corpse, prompting Helm to help her girlfriend cover up her crime, it’s claimed.
The pair reportedly shrouded Peggy’s body in sheets before setting fire to the family home.
It was previously reported how Shroeder posted a message to her mum on Peggy’s Facebook page, saying: “I don’t even know if you can see me right now but if you can I just want you to know you were my best friend.
“There were so many things I wanted to say and do with you. I wasn’t always the best daughter and I’m so sorry.
“I love you so much mom I just want you to know and I’ll never forget you.”
‘FORCED TO TAKE ZOLOFT’
Mertes has also now sought for Schroeder’s confession and police interviews to be made inadmissible over claims they were improper.
A judge will make a final ruling in the coming weeks.
Schroeder was charged with two counts of first-degree murder as an adult last year.
Prosecutors successfully argued that a previous decision to charge the teen as a juvenile should be dropped because of the circumstances of the crime.
They said that Peggy Schroeder had expressed her concerns about her daughter’s relationship with Helm but had not been planning to end their romance.
If convicted, Schroeder faces between 20 and 60 years in prison on the murder charges.
She could also be jailed for 25 years for using a gun, as well as up to 12 years behind bars for her role in trying to cover up the killing.
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Helm has been charged with helping cover up the crime.
She faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.
Schroeder remains in jail ahead of her trial, which is scheduled to begin January 16.
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