Lori Drew, the infamous Mom next door and alleged villain in the Megan Meier MySpace Suicide story, plead not guilty in a Los Angeles Federal Court on June 17th to charges of conspiracy and accessing computers without authorization.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Drew plead not guilty in a "proceeding that last only a few minutes".
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Drew was indicted on May 15 by a Los Angeles Federal Grand Jury. DBKP's Megan Meier MySpace Suicide: Lori Drew Indicted details Drew's alleged involvement in a case that stunned not only a bedroom community of St. Louis, Missouri, but the entire nation.
Megan Meier was about to turn 14 when she hanged herself in the closet of her room. Megan's parents, Tina and Ron Meier, allege that Megan's suicide was acerbated by the alleged antics of Drew, a long time neighbor and Mom of a former childhood friend of Megan.
Megan had opened a MySpace account shortly before her 14th birthday with the permission of her parents. Megan then met a boy named Josh on MySpace who said he was 16, new to her area, and interested in an online "friendship". The two spent several weeks communicating via MySpace until shortly before her birthday Josh began to post abusive comments about Megan's appearance and friends which culminated in an online fight. Megan committed suicide after a comment was posted by Josh which intimated the world "would be a better place" without Megan.
It was weeks later that the Meiers discovered that there wasn't any "Josh", that he was a fake online personality, and that the person behind "Josh" was a long time neighbor and friend, 46-yr-old Lori Drew.
Drew denies any involvement and blames a 17-yr-old employee, Ashley Grills. Grills, who tried to commit suicide after the circumstances surrounding Megan's death hit the news and the neighborhood, claims Drew was the instigator, that Drew wanted to "monitor" what Megan had to say about Drew's daughter. St. Charles County prosecutor's investigated and declined to press any charges. The Los Angeles Federal Prosecutor's office then stepped in and held Grand Jury hearings. Drew was indicted on conspiracy and unauthorized use of a computer.
The trial is scheduled for July 29.
Image - Megan Meier