Original story: 7/28/16
14 year old Kali Bookey rode her bike 11 miles to the home of her brother’s girlfriend. Once she arrived at the home she stabbed the girl multiple times and slit her throat. After the hours-long attack, Bookey left the 15 year old victim for dead. Bookey called the police stating she had gotten into an altercation at the victim’s home. Once police arrived, they found the victim. She was still alive and was transported to the hospital. Bookey called herself a ‘psychopath’ and stated that she wanted her ‘first kill.’ She watched the victim’s home for weeks in order to understand the family’s habits and to know when adults weren’t in the home. Bookey has been charged as an adult for attempted homicide. The victim remains hospitalized. Source: New Richmond News: New Richmond girl, 14, charged with attempted homicide
Update: 8/01/16: Fundraiser for victim
The parents of the young victim are having a fundraiser to pay for her hospital bills. Bookey told police she attacked the victim hoping to scare the girl enough to have her and her family move out of town so Bookey’s brother would spend more time with his family. Kali Bookey id due in court for a preliminary hearing on August 8. She’s being held at a juvenile detention facility. Source: Daily Mail: Pictured: Girl, 15, who ‘was beaten and had her hroat slit by her boyfriend’s sister, 14, who claimed to be a psycopath trying to make her “first kill” To contribute the link to the GoFundMe account is: http://www.gofundme.com/2hkds4y9
Update: 8/09/16: Teen to be charged as an adult
Prosecutors charged Bookey with attempted murder. Her defense attorney will try to move the case to juvenile court. If she’s convicted as an adult, she could face up to 40 years in prison. Source: WCCO-CBS: Minnesota: Court to charge Wis. teen accused of attempted homicide as adult
Update: 9/17/16: Bond set for teen
Kali Bookey’s bail was upheld at $250,000 by the courts. The judge stated his reason for upholding the bail amount was Bookey’s words to her victim. Bookey stated she was looking to make her first kill and would kill again. The prosecutor saw the high bail amount as a way to ensure the public’s safety while Bookey’s defense attorneys stated she was not a flight risk. Source: River Falls Journal: Accused of cutting victim’s throat, teen gets $250,000 bail
Update: 11/17/16: Daylong hearing
The hearing was for St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Eric Lundell to determine whether there was probable cause that Kali J. Bookey committed attempted homicide on July 27 at a rural New Richmond trailer home.
Bookey’s three-person defense team asked Lundell at the hearing to consider replacing the attempted homicide charge with lesser counts, arguing Bookey’s developing teenage brain impacted her decision-making and that the wounds she allegedly inflicted wouldn’t have killed the 15-year-old victim.
Public defender John Kucinski acknowledged the injuries – which prosecutors allege were sustained when Bookey slipped into a trailer home and attacked the girl while she slept, eventually hacking at her throat with shards of a bowl that had been smashed over the girl’s head – left the victim with pain, suffering and serious scars.
“But that doesn’t make this an attempted murder case,” he said during the daylong hearing for Bookey, who was 14 at the time of the incident.
The only reason the victim lived, Kucinski said, was because Bookey “Chose tolet her live.”
The argument didn’t sway Lundell, who let the charge stand and concluded there was probable cause that Bookey attempted first-degree homicide.
Asked by Kucinski how he reached the conclusion, the judge said he was moved by Bookey’s own statements to investigators.
According to law enforcement testimony offered at the hearing, Bookey told the victim that she would be her first kill, but not her last, and that she could either bleed out or be “finished off.”
The case now moves to a series of hearings in January for defense’s effort to move the case from adult court to juvenile court.
The incident, allegedly prompted by angst involving the relationship with the victim and Bookey’s brother, lasted two hours – one of which involved the two girls fighting.
The victim, Sommers said, didn’t recognize Bookey at first because she had altered her appearance, covered her head in a hood and didn’t speak.
That battle didn’t stop until the victim realized it was Bookey and called her by name.
Authorities said the girls talked for the next hour and concluded after concocting an alibi – sealed with a “Pinkie promise” – for the wounds they sustained in the incident; Bookey would later tell authorities she had fended off an abduction attempt, then sent officers to a County Road K home.
St. Croix County Lt. Cathy Borgschatz also testified about an interview she had with the victim, which revealed Bookey stuck her finger in one of the girl’s wounds and wrote a message on her arm in blood.
The consistent theme in the interview, Borgschatz said, was the victim “Thought she was going to die.” Under cross examination by Kucinski Borgschatz said the theme of her interviews with Bookey centered on scaring the girl.
Kucinski explained that Bookey hoped she could scare the girl enough that she could convince her mother to move the two of them away and break up the relationship the girl had with Bookey’s brother.
Borgschatz agreed Bookey told her that and that she never admitted to trying to kill the girl.
Bookey’s legal team also presented expert testimony by Ronald Kalil, a UW-Madison neurology professor who said human brains don’t mature until people reach their mid-20s. Asked under cross examination by Deputy District Attorney Michael Nieskes if adolescent brains could formulate intent for an action, Kalil said those brains don’t possess “Proper controls” yet.
Defense also called Bookey’s father, Michael Bookey.
He said his daughter, a straight-A student, was troubled by the strain of her brother’s relationship with the victim – which he said involved a suicide pact –brought on the Bookey family. Source: Pierce County Herald: Daylong hearing delves into teen attempted homicide case