Andrew Balcer is an 18-year-old male who murdered both of his parents, and the family chihuahua, in October 2016, when he was 17 years old. At a hearing to determine whether Balcer should be tried as an adult for stabbing his parents to death, forensic psychologist Debra Baeder testified that Balcer had “significant gender confusion” and “did not believe his parents would be supportive.”
Following the slayings, Balcer called 9-1-1 and reported he had stabbed his mother first, while she hugged him, and subsequently stabbed his father when he awoke to the sound of his wife’s screaming. He told the police he “snapped” and “[didn’t] know why.” “I stabbed the (expletive) out of him,” Balcer laughed. He killed the dog the next morning, saying, “The dog was an unfortunate collateral damage. I had no intention of hurting any of the animals there.”
Prosecutors have filed a motion to have Balcer tried as an adult. If the motion is successful, Balcer will face 25 years to life in prison for each murder.