STERLING — A Western Illinois girl charged with murder in her mother's slaying will get a psychological assessment to help determine whether she'll be tried as an adult.
The body of 53-year-old Peggy S. Schroeder was found in a burning home July 8 in Morrison. Schroeder's daughter was charged as a juvenile with two counts of first-degree murder, concealing a homicide and arson.
The teen is accused of shooting her mother in the head and attempting to conceal the body by setting the house on fire.
Sauk Valley Media reported a Chicago psychiatrist hired by the defense is scheduled to interview the 15-year-old on Saturday. The evaluation should be ready for review in March.
Another girl is charged for allegedly helping conceal the killing.