Andrew Balcer is an 18-year-old male who murdered his parents and the family dog in October 2016 because he “did not believe his parents would support him in his gender identity struggles.”
On December 22, 2017, a grand jury indicted Balcer, charging him with two counts of intentional or knowing murder and one of aggravated cruelty to animals. If convicted, Balcer faces a prison sentence of 25 years to life for the murder charges, and up to five years on the aggravated cruelty to animals charge. Balcer’s attorney has indicated he intends to plead “not guilty.”
In his ruling granting the state’s petition to have Balcer tried as an adult, Judge Eric Walker wrote, “The only possible motive for the murders appears to be Andrew’s perception that his parents were unwilling or unable to deal with his transgender issues. We will never know if Antonio or Alice Balcer would have been accepting, because they were ambushed and murdered by Andrew.”
Winthrop teen indicted on charges of murdering parents, killing family dog