A Pennsylvania teenager accused of fatally stabbing his disabled older sibling with a kitchen knife told a police officer shortly after the grisly murder, “I took my sister’s life, Michael Myers,” according to testimony given to a police officer Pennsylvania court.
Claire Miller, now 16, was 14 when Lancaster County prosecutors said she repeatedly stabbed her sister Helen in the neck while her parents slept. Helen, who suffered from cerebral palsy, was found with a pillow over her face and a knife in her throat when officers arrived after a hysterical phone call from Claire, court documents show.
The February 2021 murder is now the focus of a hearing to decide whether the teen will be tried in a murder court or allowed to go to juvenile court, which would allow for her rehabilitation. (Pennsylvania law provides that all murder trials, regardless of the defendant’s age, be tried in adult courts, and it is then up to defense attorneys to petition for a transfer to the juvenile court system.)
While the teenager’s attorney, Robert Beyer, produced testimony this week from psychiatrists who said Claire was suffering from auditory hallucinations and was in a state of psychosis at the time of the murder, a Manheim Township police officer testified Tuesday that she showed no sign of despair as he guarded her in juvenile detention.
John Martin told the court Claire Miller reacted jubilantly when cops brought her fast food and quoted her as saying, “Oooh, McDonalds. I would have killed someone sooner if I knew I was going to buy McDonalds.”
He also said she spoke of her love for horror films after hearing a notification on his phone playing the theme song from the 1978 slasher film Halloween.
“I killed my sister with Michael Myers,” she said, according to Martin.
Psychiatrists consulted by the defense have testified that their client was suffering from major depressive disorder, anxiety and psychosis when she allegedly stabbed her sister.
Susan Rushing told the court the then 14-year-old thought she was stabbing something into her hallucination when she was yanked from her by the sight of blood pouring from her sister’s neck.
Helen Miller was stabbed seven times – twice in the chest, twice in the jaw and three times in the neck, according to testimonies cited this week by WGAL by a pathologist in the coroner’s office.
According to local news outlet WGAL, Claire Miller apologized from the courtroom as details of Helen’s injuries were read out on Tuesday.
Marie Miller, Helen and Claire’s mother, asked the court Monday to help, not punish, her daughter.
“We love both. I know Claire didn’t want that. We lost Helen and we don’t want to lose Claire too. We don’t want her to be punished, denied help and locked away for a long time for something that was out of her control. We can’t lose them too,” she said, according to WGAL.
Testimony is scheduled to continue on Wednesday.
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