A federal judge in Los Angeles reversed himself Friday and decided to allow prosecutors to use the 2006 death of a 13-year-old Dardenne Prairie girl, Megan Meier, in the cyber-bullying trial of former neighbor Lori Drew.
U.S. District Judge George Wu had signaled Monday that he was inclined to bar any evidence relating to the 2006 death of, saying that it was not related to the crime she's accused of and could prejudice jurors at Drew's trial, scheduled to start Tuesday.
But in a hearing Friday, Wu denied Drew's lawyers' motion to suppress any evidence of Megan's death or suicide.
Drew's lawyers had argued that Megan's death was unrelated to the charge that Drew faces, prejudicial and designed to inspire sympathy or even outrage among the jury.
In court filings, federal prosecutors said that Megan's death was essential to be able to tell a logical story to jurors and to allow witnesses to testify about what Drew allegedly did and said after Megan's death.
It also demonstrates that Drew's plot to “humiliate (Megan) and cause a troubled, depressed young girl emotional distress” succeeded, they say.
Megan and Drew's daughter had been friends but had a falling out. Prosecutors said that Drew and others, including Ashley Grills, an 18-year-old family employee at the time, created the fake online identity of a boy on the social networking site MySpace to befriend Megan and find out what she had been saying about Drew's daughter.
Hard to say what will ultimately happen, but neither of these motions bode well for Lori.